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What is wrong when I have blood in my stool?

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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.
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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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