10 doctors weighed in:
What is wrong when I have blood in my stool?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Douglas Purdy
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Multiple causes
There are multiple reasons to have blood in your stool.
It could be from something simple like hemorrhoids or an anal fissure. Colitis, which is inflammation of the colon, can cause rectal bleeding, as can colon polyps or colon cancer, to name just a few. Blood in the stool can be very serious and should prompt a visit to your doctor so they can determine if further evaluation is needed.

In brief: Multiple causes
There are multiple reasons to have blood in your stool.
It could be from something simple like hemorrhoids or an anal fissure. Colitis, which is inflammation of the colon, can cause rectal bleeding, as can colon polyps or colon cancer, to name just a few. Blood in the stool can be very serious and should prompt a visit to your doctor so they can determine if further evaluation is needed.
Dr. Douglas Purdy
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
MUltiple reasons for blood however all bleeding from the anus should be evaluated promptly by a colorectal surgeon or GI doctor. Do NOT WAIT!!!
Dr. Barton Butterbaugh
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Lower GI Bleeding
If your blood is bright red and its after defecation than you may have a hemorrhoidal problem. If you are bleeding is dark red, dark clots, jellylike material, or clots in general, you should go to the nearest emergency department for immediate evaluation of gastrointestinal bleeding.

In brief: Lower GI Bleeding
If your blood is bright red and its after defecation than you may have a hemorrhoidal problem. If you are bleeding is dark red, dark clots, jellylike material, or clots in general, you should go to the nearest emergency department for immediate evaluation of gastrointestinal bleeding.
Dr. Barton Butterbaugh
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
No amount of rectal bleeding is normal. Get it checked out immediately
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees
In brief: See doctor
Rectal bleeding is not normal and should always be evaluated.
See a colorectal surgeon, who will do a complete evaluatin and examination, and can treat most causes of rectal bleeding.

In brief: See doctor
Rectal bleeding is not normal and should always be evaluated.
See a colorectal surgeon, who will do a complete evaluatin and examination, and can treat most causes of rectal bleeding.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Maybe hemorr, or not
Bright red blood on stool, in bowl, or on toilet paper is usually anal rectal in source, often hemorrhoidal; but could be other cause, e.
g. Inflammation, polyp, tumor, fragile blood vessel. Blood in stool comes from higher up. Maroon blood, or black stool often bleeding from higher up in gut. (black stool also from pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) iron, charcoal pills) see your doc.

In brief: Maybe hemorr, or not
Bright red blood on stool, in bowl, or on toilet paper is usually anal rectal in source, often hemorrhoidal; but could be other cause, e.
g. Inflammation, polyp, tumor, fragile blood vessel. Blood in stool comes from higher up. Maroon blood, or black stool often bleeding from higher up in gut. (black stool also from pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) iron, charcoal pills) see your doc.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Mark Gordon
Surgery - Colorectal
In brief: Serious
Rectal bleeding must be evaluated.
All can be treated.

In brief: Serious
Rectal bleeding must be evaluated.
All can be treated.
Dr. Mark Gordon
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