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How common is it for a gastroentologist to see a teenager complaining about blood in stool?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: See regular Dr 1st

Most stooling issues can be handled by your regular doctor. A dietary history, stooling history & review of issues can often point the way to a simple DX and plan for improvement.
If the initial workup or rx is not helpful, additional eval thru a GI specialist may be necessary. In my local, the gi's won't see kids <18, so a 50-100 mile trip to a pedi GI is an extra burden.

In brief: See regular Dr 1st

Most stooling issues can be handled by your regular doctor. A dietary history, stooling history & review of issues can often point the way to a simple DX and plan for improvement.
If the initial workup or rx is not helpful, additional eval thru a GI specialist may be necessary. In my local, the gi's won't see kids <18, so a 50-100 mile trip to a pedi GI is an extra burden.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Common

Depending on your area and availability, age of teenager, either a pediatric gastroenterologist for early teen or an adult gastroenterologist is the appropriate specialist to see for this.

In brief: Common

Depending on your area and availability, age of teenager, either a pediatric gastroenterologist for early teen or an adult gastroenterologist is the appropriate specialist to see for this.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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