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Occult Blood Stool Immunoassay Positive
Occult blood test: Fecal occult blood test is done to see if you have evidence of bleeding in the GI tract. The sensitivity will be very low if it is done only once. The sensitivity will be much higher if that is done in 3 separate occasion. Your md likely did it for a good reason- eg- you have significant family history of colon cancers; or there are suspicious sign/symptoms that have to be evaluated further etc. ...Read more
No: It's not entirely clear what you mean by 16 hpf. But there is no relationship that I know of between occult blood in stool and hyperglycemia. Occult blood in stool is a sign of gastrointestinalI blood loss or a nose bleed with ingestion of blood. A fasting blood sugar of 300 (units unknown) sounds high in standard mg/dl and could be a sign of overt diabetes. Consult your doctor regarding this Soon ...Read more
Visited doc and found occult blood in stool but also hemorrhoid. At 32 years, what could be the cause?
Is the occult blood stool sample an accurate method for testing for colon cancer and where can I get info?
Your doctor: Stool for occult blood is a simple test, could be in your doctor's office as a quick inexpensive screening test for colon cancer, however most accurate test for colon cancer is colonoscopy. Information available from your local hospital to american cancer society office and it is free. ...Read more
I am 57 yrs m, diabetic for 20yrs, suffering wt. Loss, thyroid ths up, occult blood in stool let me know the cause of wt. Loss/occult blood.
It's my job to worry: Because I have to think, "what's the worst thing this could be? " I feel it's important to encourage you to see a gastroenterologist to find out where the blood in the stool is coming from. Bleeding from the bowel and weight loss can go along with cancer, so don't put this off. It sounds like your thyroid needs attention. If your TSH is high, your thyroid isn't putting out enough thyroid hormone. ...Read more
When colon cancer causes blood in stool, is occult blood present in the whole stool, or can blood be present only in some parts of stool?
Blood doesn't: Have to be uniform in the stool. ...Read more
How accurate are occult blood stool IA tests? I had 7 done, all negative, have anemia, I know its from food, not bleeding, doc still wants colonoscopy
Investigate iron def: If an adult has anemia DUE TO IRON DEFICIENCY, the cause is almost always blood loss. In men and non-menstruating women, the blood loss is almost always from the gastrointestinal tract. If iron deficiency (not just anemia) has been well proven, and the patient does not menstruate, endoscopy is warranted no matter what the occult blood stool test shows. ...Read more
Can you smell occult blood in stool? Stools smell like plastic or motor oil. No visible blood. Stools are brown to orange-y. O&p, stool culture = neg. Abd xray normal. Blood work = normal.
Doubtful: Unless you have supersensory perception this is very unlikely. Easy enough to test for occult blood, and most doctors have a kit in the office. ...Read more
Stomach cramping, diarrhea up to 10 times a day, nausea, dr found occult blood in stool and mucous, high esr. Gallbladder ultrasound next week. Grandma has IBS brother has uc. What could be the cause?
What is the likelihood they will find something on a colonoscopy if you had a positive fecal immunochemical test (for blood in stool)?
Heme + stool on FIT:
At your age, finding something serious would be unusual. It could be hemorrhoids or contamination if it was done during a menstrual period.
If you've had bowel habit changes such as more frequent stools or abdominal pains, it may be a good idea to pursue the colonoscopy.
Another reason to pursue a colonoscopy would be if members of your family have had cancer in the digestive tract. ...Read more
Blood in stool as part of physical...had in home fecal test for past two years, but this year it was positive is this possible cancer?
One month ago, my hbg was 9.5 with low mcv, mch, mchc. Now my hbg is 8.6. No heavy menstral cycle but positive blood in stool. What could this mean?
GI bleeding possible: With your hemoglobin dropping and positive blood in your stool, you have bleeding from your GI tract. It could be coming from any part, from stomach to anus. At your age of 51, you really need to have this investigated. Colonoscopy would be one study you probably need. Please see a GI specialist as soon as possible. Be well. ...Read more
Positive for blood in stool. Dr. Won't do colonoscopy because I'm not a candidate for surgery. (have stage 3b lung cancer & severe copd) any suggesti?
Possibly repeat test: Occult testing often leads to false positives. Abnormal test results may occur after eating meat, a nosebleed or gum bleed. It does not necessarily indicate internal bleeding. With stage iiib lung cancer and severe copd, I suspect your doctor believes there is really no benefit to further testing due to these very severe illnesses that will probably limit lifespan. ...Read more
Fast pulse, red blood cells little low, ESR high. Ana positive 1:640 speckled. Up back pain 1 yr blood in stool twice year or so. I do have hemroids?
See your doc: The symptoms you are giving warrant further wrork up. Hemorrhoid alone do not explain the high ESR and the fast pulse. It is important to know how high is the ESR and to do a complete physical exam to look for skin rash or mucosal ulcers. Only a physician can guide you to get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
Not normal, get help: Blood in stool is a warning sign. Brisk bleeding warrants emergency care. Causes of bleeding may be predictable (e.G rectal trauma), 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. ...Read more
See below: The most common causes of blood in the stool are hemorrhoids and an anal fissure (tear in anus). Other causes include cancer, poyps, diverticulosis, angioectasia and colitis. Anyone with blood in their stool should discuss this with their doctor as further evaluation is necessary. ...Read more
Get checked: Blood always needs an explanation, but is also common to many benign problems, like hemorrhoids, anal fissures and overall irritated lower GI tract for many possible reasons. However, it is also probably the most reliable sign of serious problems, cancer being one of them, so go and get checked! ...Read more
Not normal. D/w MD: Passing blood in stool is always abnormal and needs to be discussed with your doctor and needs further evaluation. It may be caused by many factors such as hemorrhoidal bleeding, cracking on anal canal (anal fissures), infection/inflammation on intestines or stomach, ulcers, rupture of blood vessels, growth, cancer, etc. Discuss further with your doctor. ...Read more
Many answers: There are many causes of blood in the stool. Some like rectal fissure or hemorrhoids are uncomfortable but are generally benign. Others like cancer or inflammatory bowel disease generally carry a more serious prognosis. Either way, if you have blood when you have a bowel movement (bm), you should see a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more
A lot of things: Many things can cause blood in the stool (i presume you talk about bright red blood and not black tarry stools) including simple things like hemorrhoids or fissures or more serious things like colitis, polyps, or even cancer. Any blood in the stool should be evaluated. Visit your family doc and he/she will likely send you to a gastroenterologist. Best to you. ...Read more
See your doc:
Maybe hemorrhoids, but 48 is close enough to 50 for "screening colonoscopy"- look for polyps-precancerous growths, in people with no symptoms (e.g. Bleeding, pain change in bowel habit), normal physical (no blood in stool, no lumps, tenderness), normal labs (no anemia).
Colonoscopy to evaluate a symptom, e.g. Blood in stool is not screening. It is part of a diagnostic evaluation. Get colonoscopy. ...Read more
Many reasons: Potentially but most common is hemorrhoids, fissures, fistula but less frequently infection or colitis/proctitis, polyps, tumors. No amount of bleeding is normal regardless of the cause. See a colorectal surgeon promptly to identify and treat the cause before more serious problems develop. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Broadly, bright red blood in stool comes from bleeding low in the GI tract (large intestine or rectum), or sometimes from rapid upper GI bleeding. Common causes include hemorrhoids and diverticulosis, with inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, and gastric ulcers being less common but more dangerous. Blood in stool should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more