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I have bloody stools, is this a sign of colitis?

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Brittany Chan
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Brittany Chan
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In brief: Quite possibly

Colitis tends to also cause pain.
You need to be evaluated by endoscopy and stool tests.

In brief: Quite possibly

Colitis tends to also cause pain.
You need to be evaluated by endoscopy and stool tests.
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