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I went to the restroom and much to my surprise I found blood in my stool. What does that mean?

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Dr. Gary Gottlieb
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In brief: Usually hemorrhoids

Blood in the stool is often caused by hemorrhoids or anal fissures, but can also come from colon polyps or tumors, proctitis, colitis, vascular malformations, or diverticulosis.
It is important to have the ano-rectal area examined by a physician instead of making one's own diagnosis. You can try otc-hemorrhoid preparations while waiting for your doctor appointment.

In brief: Usually hemorrhoids

Blood in the stool is often caused by hemorrhoids or anal fissures, but can also come from colon polyps or tumors, proctitis, colitis, vascular malformations, or diverticulosis.
It is important to have the ano-rectal area examined by a physician instead of making one's own diagnosis. You can try otc-hemorrhoid preparations while waiting for your doctor appointment.
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