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Colonoscopy Worry Bright Red Blood Stool
Had c-diff. Once cleared, doc did colonoscopy. Everything perfect. Did notice redness (erythema...No blood) in rectum. Did random biopsies. Some blood in stool 2 day after. Very mild cramping. Normal?
See below : The colon is so huge that sometimes the camera doesn't catch a small bleed. Colonoscopies are important to make sure you don't have inflammation in the colon and it rules out serious causes. You might have a blood vessel that bleeds on and off. Or it might be something in the anal area like a crack in the wall causing some bleeding when you wipe. Also the bleed could be from above the colon. ...Read more
Had colonoscopy in 2002, was fine. Had one recently, microscopic blood in stool, can you get coloncancer within 10 yrs? 64 yr old female.
Absolutely...: There are several biologic pathways by which cells grow into cancer--this is particularly true with colon cancer. "interval colon cancers" are defined as presenting relatively soon after a negative colonoscopy exam. This phenomenon is well-defined & well-recognized in the medical literature, distinct from missed or regrowing lesions, & accepted as inevitable despite current screening strategies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have blood in stool. I've had 4 colonoscopy. Negative results. Had diverticulitis before. What could my problem be?
Maybe not colonic...: Evaluation is always appropriate for re-bleeding from the gut. Black stool often means bleeding 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 anal canal. Any accompanying symptoms? Do you take NSAID's, over-use alcohol, smoke tobacco, have other risks (AVM's for example)--lots to consider. ...Read more
Saw a GI for microscopic blood in stool, confirmed by FIT. Flat out refused a colonoscopy as I feel this was just an incidental finding. Is this ok?
Possible mistake?: ...its a warning sign. May be predictable (e.g. rectal trauma, fissure, hemorrhoids with straining), 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; occult blood is anyone's guess. ...Read more
I have UC and my blood in stool came back my GI dr knows about it I'm havering a colonoscopy but what can I do for now I don't get it for a month?
Advice from your doc: If you have had blood in your stool before, and have seen a gastroenterologist, then some treatment has probably already been prescribed. This could be medication such as sulfasalazine, other oral or enema medications including Asacol (mesalamine) or Lialda, or even cortisone. Call your doctor back to make sure she/he doesn't want you to increase or change your medication before your colonoscopy. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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