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A 26-year-old male asked:

Bright red piece in/on stool. neither toilet water nor paper was red. what are the chances this could be blood? could it possibly be "skin" from food?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Needs evaluation pls: 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.
Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 38 years experience
. Hard to say: Unless you are having any other symptoms would be unusual to be anything serious. If you develop more issues should save the material and see your doctor.
Last updated Jun 6, 2017


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