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HOW CAN I HAVE A BLEEDING GASTRIC ULCER & HAVE A POSTIVE OCCULT BLOOD TEST ,BUT MY HGB STAYS STABLE. I HAVE BLEED DUE TO TAKING NSAIDS. SMALL BLEED?
Why: Hello, I don't understand why you need occult blood test at your age. I don't understand, but if you just the wait a few weeks. The problem is that if you have hemorrhoid there may be microscopic bleeding that will show false positive. Have the hemorrhoid a examined. Hope that is all it is. Don't take lightly Rectal bleeding. Www.Drlugo.Com ...Read more
No: Lukas, you're a grown man now and you recognize that you have health concerns that are unrealistic. In a way it's good -- you'll be more vigilant -- but if these fears are preventing you from finding the peace you need to work, play and love, then some structured self-exploration might set you free. Be brave, and best wishes. ...Read more
Should I have a fecal occult blood test done after 5 months of being diagnosed with Crohn's disease?
See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/crohns-disease/basics/definition/con-20032061Get a more detailed answer ›
21 female ,had an occult blood test 3 times and IBD tests which all came back negative ,i have BM changes for 10 months doc said im fine. concerned?
Abn bowels x 10 m: Have they checked for ova, parasites? bacteria like camphylobacter? Yeast overgrowth? celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? Sometimes one is sensitive to soy or other foods , can for that. Also check gallbladder for stones/ dyskinesia with sono and if needed HIDA scan. may also be bacterial overgrowth . Try a multispecies probiotic like Nexabiotic on Amazon f/u w/ GI doc, nutritionist ...Read more
I had an fecal occult blood test that is positive, waiting to see a GI Dr. This morning my BM had some visible blood in it. Should I get help sooner.
No: Your life's only in danger if you develop black tarry stools, vomit blood, or go into shock, all of which will be obvious. Finding visible blood after a bowel movement, especially a difficult one, doesn't increase the urgency of a search for cancer, which is what the principal concern is in this case. Best wishes. ...Read more
Best see your doctor: There are 4 main types. Fecal immunochemical testing (fit)/immunochemical fecal occult blood test (ifobt), stool guaiac test for fecal occult blood (gfobt), fecal porphyrin quantification (hemoquant), and fecal dna test or pregen-plus. The stool guiac is the most proven, and can be done at home. But it is best to see your doctor since he/she can order it and a positive test must be followed up. ...Read more
Best to see your Dr.: This is done by 4 main methods. Fecal immunochemical testing that uses antibodies to detect globin, stool guaiac test for fecal occult blood which involves reaction of stool to hydrogen peroxide, fecal porphyrin quantification or hemoquant which measures hemoglobin, and fecal dna test/the pregen-plus which measures dna. It would be wise to check with your doctor and get tested accurately. ...Read more
Possibly: The materials do cost something to someone, however more importantly, doing the test at home can be unreliable. Better to have it performed by a professional who can interpret it correctly for you. Check with your pcp. ...Read more
Supposed to turn in occult blood test. Have bleeding hemorrhoids off and on. Is it okay to collect sample couple days after bleeding stopped?
No: It is important to have the hemorrhoids taken care of first, before doing occult blood test. A positive occult blood test, even a false positive one will lead to additional investigation which may not be warranted. It would not take gross bleeding from hemorrhoids to produce a positive occult blood test. ...Read more
Fecal occult blood test: how much sample required? Can test be done at the same time as a manual rectal exam to check prostate that lasts a few secs, and get sample and results at the same time?
Yes - you need: you need a small specimen and can obtain it with a recta examination, ...Read more
Maybe: The fecal occult blood test can be quite sensitive and may show blood in the stool from minor gastritis or esophagitis that is not significant. But, it could also be due to a large polyp or tumor so colonoscopy is always indicated when the fecal occult blood test is positive. Your primary doctor should be arranging this in the near future. ...Read more
FIT or hemoccult?: If you're using the old hemoccult slide, you'll notice its two-sided. Place your specimen on one side, close the lid. Doctor or lab, when developing your specimen, turns the card over, opens the back & applies the developer solution which soaks thru to your specimen. A color change indicates your specimen contains invisible blood. Principle & mechanics differ with FIT (fecal immunochemical test). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stool exam: There are several tests that can be done on stool. Tests could be for infection by bacteria or parasites. Tests could show inflammation or digestive disorders. The occult blood tests shows microscopic quantities of blood in the stool that could come from several reasons from hemorrhoids, polyps, diseases, ulcers or even a tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fecal occult blood test positive 3 times out of 3, normal colonocospy. Chronic diarrhea. What now?
Blood in stool: Blood in the stool is not normal and needs to needs to be explained. A normal colonoscopy does not rule out bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract. An upper endoscopy and /or upper GI series ( xray procedure) would be needed to look for bleeding higher than the reach of a colonoscopy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How much percentage of people have Cancer when Fecal occult blood test is positive ?I waiting fora follow up appointment with a GI Dr.
Small incidence: About 25% of positive fecal occult blood tests are associated with cancer. The majority of the tests miss a cancer which may not release blood into stool or detect blood from intermal hemorrhoids or fissures in rectum. Blood tests to define gene mutations more accurate but don't guarantee tumor presence, only potential for developing malignancy. New tests detect shed tumor protein in stool. ...Read more
"Hunger pains" that come on at night or between meals. Dr did a fecal occult blood test which was positive. Referred to GI. What's this even mean?
Don't freak out, ok?: A "fecal occult blood" test is a way of checking for bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract. It is a SCREENING test, and therefore, it is known to be falsely-positive at times, & can even be thrown off by certain OTC meds, for example. In a young (23yo) person, I would be looking for a bleeding ulcer in the stomach or small intestine, but even a bleeding hemorrhoid could cause a + test result. ...Read more
Fecal occult blood test stool card? I know how to smear stool on the card. But when i close the card, isn't it gonna get the card all dirty inside?
FOBT--how it works: If you're using the old hemoccult slide, you'll notice its two-sided. You place your specimen on one side, and close the lid. The doctor or lab, when developing your specimen, turns the card over, opens the back (its clean on that side), and applies the developer solution which soaks thru to your specimen. If a color change, the doctor or lab knows your specimen contains invisible blood. ...Read more
If Dr uses card to do fecal occult blood test (not sent out to a lab), how is the result usually recorded after the test? Does the result go in my personal health record as well?
Usually yes: Patient-care information gathered in the office setting can be added to a patient's electronic medical record. For example, there may be a line in the Lab Results data sheet or in the Colon Cancer Screening page for the provider to enter the results of fecal occult blood testing. The abbreviation may be FOBT or iFOBT or FIT, depending on the type of test card. ...Read more
Not specific: Fecal occult blood tests detects peroxide activity in the fecal matter. Peroxidase activity is associated with hemoglobin, but not specific to it. Horse radish, among other things, has peroxidase activity, as does blood in meats. Fobt may be positive for any bleed from gums to hemorrhoids but is not specific for any diagnosis. It is a screening test, which if positive, needs more tests. ...Read more
No: A fecal occult test tests for blood in the stool. Colon cancer can be a cause but so can colon polyps, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcer and many other causes. Anyone with a positive fobt test should have further work up done to evaluate where the blood is coming from. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
So if last year I had negative occult blood test but a year later have positive blood occult test, is it possible something was miss last year?
Not necessarily: Some lesion could have developed over the period of a year. Some lesions bleed intermittently and that is why it is recommended that three samples be tested. Blood in the stool in an adult usually warrants a colonoscopy to find the cause of bleeding and to rule out colon cancer. Wish you good health!. ...Read more
If Dr uses card in-office to do fecal occult blood test to check for blood, what is proper way to do the test during a digital rectal exam and how long would test take (from collection to results)?
Do digital exam:
Then smear stool on card---> add reagent---> wait 2 min., then read results
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FOBT is screen: Fobt is designed to test for blood in stool. Blood in stool may be due to any bleeding in the GI tract from the gums to the anus; and there are false positives also. If fobt is positive, colonoscopy is generally recommended to look of colon cancer. Fobt per se is not a diagnostic test for cancer, just blood in stool. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: Occult blood in stool suggests a point of bleeding from area near appendix across the colon to the rectum. This could be AV malformation, bleeding polyp, tumor, hemmorhoid or fissure. When blood is detected it has to be defined as to origin. Occassionally colonoscopy will reveal a lesion. Newer stool tests for tumor protein more accurate. ...Read more
I waiting to see a GI Dr for positive fecal occult blood test. Having heavy aching and bloating feeling in lower ab If it gets worse should I go ER?
It depends: If you start to see blood or something that looks like coffee grounds in stool, get weak or dizzy or get severe pain or fever, or cannot pass any stool you should. Otherwise, let the doc who referred you to the GI that you are now having more symptoms and see if your appointment can be moved up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had some stomach pain so dr did a FIT occult blood test which was positive. Both upper and lower endoscopy were normal. Am I in the clear?
Occult blood: Just because those two tests were negative, does not rule out the possibility that there still was a source of blood loss in the intestines, between the two. Whether to proceed with further testing depends on the severity of the blood loss and the urgency of the situation. You need to speak to your G.I. doctor to determine if further testing is necessary. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Results of fecal occult blood test came back positive on 1 of 3 test strips doctor has referred me to get colonoscopy and EGD. Am worried about cancer?
FOBT.: While cancer is of course on the list of possibilities, a positive fecal occult blood test in no way diagnoses someone with cancer. There are many other benign possibilities. But investigations are necessary as treatment may be necessary for even a benign finding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could a positive fecal occult blood test (quickvue iFob test) mean in a 23 yr old male? Reason was ordered was b/c of intermittent stomach pain
WHY DOES A STOMACH ULCER CAUSE NAUSEA AFTER EATING. I DID HAVE WEAK POSTIVE OCCULT BLOOD TEST. SHOULD I WORRY. MY HGB IS STABLE. SHOULD I WORRY?
Why does a stomach ulcer from taking to much NSAIDs cause positive occult blood test, nausea, & mild cramping. Hgb is stable. dr. said to up Prilosec?
Ulcers can bleed.: The main answer would be that ulcers can bleed. And when they bleed, the released blood travels quickly through the GI tract and mixes with your stool, so that it reveals itself in a stool occult blood test. Nausea and cramping also go along with an ulcer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There is a: test used for SCREENING purposes HOWEVER a full clinical evaluation is really needed! Speak with your PCP about your concerns! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
Blood in her stool: (assuming this was a stool report) it means that blood was detected in a stool sample. This is actually pretty common. ..And it can be from an anal fissure, a milk intolerance, a virus, diarrhea...Any number of things. You pediatrician should go over the different possibilities and help you decide what to do. ...Read more
Hi Dr. I did gastric sleeve surgery before 3 months, and today I did blood test, every thing is within the limit but my RDW is 17.8.
See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, an RDW of 17.8 is inconsequential if you are well and all of the other test results were normal. ...Read more
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