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what does it mean if there is blood in my stool?

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Dr. William Lizarraga
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Any # of things: All of which your doctor can help you with! blood in the stool can range from hemorrhoids to inflammatory bowel disease to cancer to many other things. The history and a physical exam are critical here. I would ask your doctor to help you figure out what to do next!
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Bunch of things C MD: Visible blood in the stool can be from hemorrhoids, inflammation, polyps, diverticulosis (pockets in wall), fragile blood vessels, poor blood flow to bowel; uncommonly from higher up in the gut (major bleed). Occult (not visible, but chem tested +), can be all of the above plus other causes. See your doc to find out what and where it is from.
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends: Most often its a hemorrhoid, but depending on several factors such as age and other conditions, can be sign of dangerous issues. Drink less caffieine, more water, take fiber supplement for 2 wks, if worsens, changes, or doesnt go away, seek medical attention.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Stool blood: Blood, especially mixed in stool is abnormal and must be checked. Possibilities include hemorrhoids, anal fissure, divericulosis, tumors, inflammatory bowel disease, trauma from hard stool. Your physician will take a history, examine you and then order appropriate tests if deemed advisable.
Dr. Tri Huynh
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Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Blood in stools.: There are different levels of blood in stools. Occult blood: blood in stool, but not see with the naked eyes (can only be detected with heme occult cards). Overt bleed is when you see bright red blood (hemorrhaging) in stools. You are 45 and have blood in stools, suggest colonoscopy to make sure no colon cancer. There are other more benign causes for blood in stool.
Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Hemorrhoid/fissure: At your age, without a family history of polyposis or colon cancer, it probably means either a hemorrhoid or an anal fissure from constipation if it is bright red. If it is not bright red, the bleeding could be from further up in the GI tract. Please see your physician to find out.
Dr. Philip Miller
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It means: that you must immiately see your hysician for blood testing and a rectal exam to rule out underlying pathology.

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What doea it mean when you find blood in your stool?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
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See your doctor: This can be the result of many things including hemorrhoids, a fissure, a tear, recent constipation, or colon cancer. Other diseases can also cause blood in the stool. Regardless, if this is new and continues for more than 1 or 2 bowel movements, see a doctor soon to get evaluated.
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Dr. Steven Hill
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Depends: This can be very serious - colon cancer can present with bleeding. It may also be simple such as hemorrhoids due to straining with bowel movements. You really need to see a physician.
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What does it mean if you occasionally have blood in your stool?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
BRBPR due to...: This may just be hemorrhoids from straining but bleeding from rectum (brbpr) may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.) or a bleeding source further upstream. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaids, anticoagulants can cause bleeding), see your doctor.
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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Maybe it does...: This may just be hemorrhoids from straining but bleeding from rectum (brbpr) may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.) or a bleeding source further upstream. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaids, anticoagulants can cause bleeding), see your doctor.

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