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Black Or 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic constipation.Bloody stools..Dr said its anal fissure nd take care of constipation.Have occasional black stool too.Feel heavines in anal regon?
See answer: It's true that constipation is most common cause of anal fissure, and also hemorrhoids, which are usually associated with painful bm, bright red blood on tissue paper or in toilet bowl, and "heaviness" in anorectal region. My concern is the chronicity of your constipation and, if you are not taking iron, black stools may imply bleeding from a source in upper GI tract. Recommend gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Anything besides melena cause maroon-to-black goop & dark bms? Two gis agree my pain etc is IBS and that bloody stools in past were hemorrhoids, but this week doc said i don't have hems anymore?
Likely melena: What you describe definitely sounds like melena. If so that means the blood is coming from the upper GI tract. That can be serious and should not be ignored. A stool test for blood will easily tell you the answer, and a complete blood count will give a good indication of how much blood has been lost. Get in to see a doctor as soon as you can. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Blood in the stool occurs from bleeding in the lower colonic tract and the rectum. It can result from blood vessel leakage, hemorrhoids, disease like ulcerative colitis, or anal fissures and trauma (from anal sex for instance). If persistent, it needs evaluation by your gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Hemorrhoid(s) ?: I think the most likely cause of bright red blood with constipation would due to hemorrhoid related bleeding. Constipation can be due to a number of causes and any bloody stools should be evaluated by your doctor. See your physician and get it checked out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rectal bleeding: Rectal bleeding is usually due to hemorrhoids but can be a symptom of underlying serious disease like colon cancer, colitis, colonic diverticulosis, colonic angiodysplasia, etc. Patient typically needs a colonoscopic evaluation which is a very low risk procedure and is usually done as outpatient. ...Read more
Possible allergy: There are several possible answers but today in my experience the most common reason in the first six months is an entity called food protein-induced proctitis/colitis. It is often caused by milk or soy in both breast and formula fed infants. Constipation and certain infections are other but less common reason in this early age group. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe.: Colitis can result in bloody stools, but so can many other things, including hemorrhoids, inflammatory bowel diseases, diverticulosis, peptic ulcers, colon cancer, & more. Depending on your personal history and age, you may also be more at risk for some of these than others. Bloody stools could come from benign problems as well as very serious ones. If you're having this problem, see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You don't : Say how many days post colectomy. Usually after colon resection you may see some blood with the first 1-2 bm's but after that you should not see blood. If you are you need to call your surgeon promptly and be evaluated. This can be very serious if not dealt with propmtly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure: Light colored stools are likely related to dietary intake, however there are conditions whereby the bile is blocked from entering the intestine and can result in tan colored stool.Bloody stools can be the result of many things (mostly benign, but can also be serious) . I rec that everyone should see a dr if they pass blood to make sure it is not one of the important causes. ...Read more