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Gastro recommended CT and colonscopy for mild abdominal pain/gas. 23 yrs old. If CT scan shows nothing, is colonoscopy necessary? no bloody stools

Gastro recommended CT and colonscopy for mild abdominal pain/gas. 23 yrs old. If CT scan shows nothing, is colonoscopy necessary? no bloody stools

Options available: CT scan of the abdomen may be indicated but not for mild pain alone. If the symptoms are progressive and there is concern for Cancer(unlikely in your age group), then only I would consider doing a CT. Similarly Colonoscopy is not indicated because of pain alone.If there is bowel irregularity or blood in stool Colonoscopy is reasonable to do. In your case I would watch /monitor for 4-6 weeks, then ...Read more

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Are there other causes of bloody stools besides cancer?

Are there other causes of bloody stools  besides cancer?

Yes: Bloody stools can be from a colitis including infectious and inflammatory conditions, hemorrhoids, diverticular disease, av malformations of the colon, as well as from upper intestinal sources such as ulcer disease. It should be checked out asap but not just to rule out cancer.No bleeding from the rectum is normal! get it checked. ...Read more

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Small cracker crumb size speck of bright blood in stool only, painful 2 pass happened 1 other time in teen no diaherra. Cause? Cancer??

Small cracker crumb size speck of bright blood in stool only, painful 2 pass happened 1 other time in teen no diaherra. Cause? Cancer??

Probably Hemorrhoid: Cancer is very unlikely. If you have a history of constipation, you may have developed a hemorrhoid. Generally, people will notice a speck (or sometimes more) of bright red blood on the toilet paper after a hard bowel movement. If there is blood in the stool (red or black/tarry which is older blood) or a substantial amount of blood, you should see a doctor to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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Does thyroid cancer cause blood in stool?

Does thyroid cancer cause blood in stool?

Extremely Unlikely: A metastasis to the intestines or rectum can cause this but is extremely unlikely. More importantly, you should be evaluated for other causes of the blood in the stool. ...Read more

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Are there other signs of colon cancer besides bloody stools?

Are there other signs of colon cancer besides bloody stools?

Many: Other concerning symptoms include abdomen pain, change in bowel habits (constipation, frequent small stools), weight loss, bloating, nausea, anemia. ...Read more

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If 8 months colonoscopy was done and a CT scan 2 months ago and all clear, what could be the cause of blood in stool?Could cancer redevelop in 2 months

If 8 months colonoscopy was done and a CT scan 2 months ago and all clear, what could be the cause of blood in stool?Could cancer redevelop in 2 months

Unlikely: In a female of your young age colon cancer would very unlikely unless there are genetic causes the colonoscopy is more sensitive than a ct scan in finding early polyps and cancer polyps can be missed by the doctor if the procedure is not thorough or done by an experienced operator common causes of blood if on surface of stool or in the bowl are hemorrhoids or anal causes. ...Read more

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Does blood in stool always mean cancer?

Does blood in stool always mean cancer?

Not always: Hemorrhoids, non-cancerous polyps, some colon infections, and arteriovenous malformations are just some non -cancerous causes of hematochezia (red bleeding). Ulcers and gastritis are causes of upper GI bleeding that is frequently melena ( black tarry stools). Crohn's disease can cause melena or hematochezia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cancer? Blood in stool?

What are the symptoms of cancer? Blood in stool?

Too broad a question: Cancer at each site has specific symptoms. Frank blood in stool is usually not a common symptom of even colon cancer. Some common symptoms are weight loos, weakness, mass or lump in an organ, change in bowel habits, cough etc. You may wish to be more specific in your question as to what type of cancer are you concerned about. ...Read more

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Bright red blood in stool? Should i get tested for cancer?

Start with your: Family doctor. They can check for common cause, organize further w/u after a digital/finger exam. The pcp can then send you for further tests. ...Read more

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Could bright red blood in stool be sign of cancer? I do have history of hemmroids

Could bright red blood in stool be sign of cancer? I do have history of hemmroids

Could be.: But not likely at your age unless you have first degree relatives with colon cancer. If the blood is bright red and at the end of the stool or only coating the stool ( vice incorporated into the stool) this is likely due to hemorrhoid. Dark red blood, sticky blood or blood in the stool are some reasons to have further evaluation. ...Read more

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