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what cause bloody stool? blockage in colon or rectum?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
A variety of things: Rectal bleeding may be from hemorrhoids, fistula, fissure, cancer, infection or inflammatory conditions. If this has happened more than once or is associated with abdominal pain - please ensure you get a medical evaluation. Take care.

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What stage colon cancer has symptoms of blood in the ostomy pouch?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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What kind of bleeding do colon polyps / cancer show?

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A 33-year-old female asked:

I have blood in stools for two days now. But I ate tomatoe soup twice could it b that?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
False hematochezia: Certain foods can color your stool red and can mimic hematochezia (bright red blood in the stool):red gelatin or jello, popsicles, or kool-aid, tomato juice or soup, and large amounts beets. If the red stool persists after avoiding the culprit food item for a few days, it is wise to report this to your doctor for further work-up.

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