Blood in Stool

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Bloody stools describes a condition where blood can be seen in the stool. The blood may be fresh, bright red or clotted. It can be as minor as only visible on the paper all the way to mixed in with the stool or freely dripping from the anus.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Blood in stool

Possible causes

  • Colonic polyp

    Colonic polyps are benign growths that appear on the inner lining of your large intestine. They have a small chance of turning malignant, or cancerous, over the next 5-15 years, hence require monitoring by a doctor.

  • Helicobacter pylori infection

    Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori, is a bacteria that is commonly found in the stomach of approximately half the world's population.The vast majority of people have no symptoms. However, H. pylori is capable of causing a number of digestive problems, including ulcers and, rarely, stomach cancer. H. pylori bacteria may spread through direct contact with saliva, vomit, feces or contaminated food or water.

  • Meckel's diverticulosis

    Meckel's diverticulum is an outpouching or bulge in the lower part of the small intestine. The bulge is congenital (present at birth) and is a leftover of the umbilical cord.

  • Hemorrhoid
  • Campylobacter
  • Diabetes mellitus (DM)
  • Hemorrhoids (anal fissure)
  • Bacterial gastroenteritis

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Is there blood in your stool?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Have you lost weight recently?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have hard stools or constipation recently?

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Reviewed By:

Carlos Cuenca

Carlos Cuenca, MD (General surgery)

Yoshinori Abe

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

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