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What happens if a if a fecal occult blood test is positive?

What happens if a if a fecal occult blood test is positive?

Depends: On other symptoms but a GI work up is indicated. This may include a colonoscopy and or upper endoscopy. Discuss with your doctor and get the proper evaluation. ...Read more

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Fecal Occult Blood (Definition)

Fecal occult blood testing is a tool you use at home to detect tiny amounts of blood in your stool. This may suggest that there is a polyp or cancer as the cause of the bleeding. Although the vast majority of positive tests for occult blood do not have a cancer, a positive result means you should have another test (such as colonoscopy) ...Read more


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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

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"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?

"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

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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.

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

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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?

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 more

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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

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

Blood in the GI: Test of fecal occult blood will be positive from a number of causes, including bleeding gums, eating meats, eating food with peroxidase enzyme, any bleeding from the pharynx to colon. It may have been done to see if you have stomach ulcer that may be bleeding. ...Read more

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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 more

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Where can I buy a fecal occult blood test online?

Where can I buy a fecal occult blood test online?

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

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If feces for a fecal occult blood test touch toilet can it give false negative when testing ?

If feces for a fecal occult blood test touch toilet can it give false negative when testing ?

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

Occult Blood (Definition)

Occult blood refers to blood that you cannot see wih the naked eye, but is detected by chemical tests which can detect even minute traces of blood, ...Read more