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A 23-year-old male asked:

i often have bright blood on my stools and on my toilet paper but when i had my doc check back their he said he couldn't find anything wrong? how come

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Dr. Sean O'mara
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Bloody stools: If your stools are normal brown in appearance with blood on the outside it could be internal hemorrhoids which are usually painless, do not bleed and can be missed on a rectal exam. These often result from constipation. Eat a healthy diet that promotes a healthy gut which includes lots of vegetables. Consider the Paleo Diet. If your bleeding worsens, persists, you feel weak, get dizzy go to ER.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Keep looking: Blood in stool is a warning sign. Brisk bleeding warrants emergency care. Causes of bleeding may be predictable (e.G rectal trauma), but evaluation is always appropriate. A rule of thumb (but not absolute): black stool means bleeding comes from upper GI tract; grape jelly stool from small bowel; silver stool from biliary tree; burgundy stool from right colon; red blood from left colon to anus.

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Last updated Jun 19, 2014

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