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Question: Blood in Bowel Movement


 kito - Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:57 am

This morning i had a lot of blood with my bowel movement. I have not been constipated or had any troubles going to the bathroom.

There was enough blood to make all the water in the bowl right red. Much like a heavy period day.

I have never had blood with a bowel movement before so its worrisome to me.

I have not had any abdominal pain and i was surprised to see the blood in the bowl.
 kito - Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:13 am

I should add i am a healty 32 yo 135 pounds 5'6
stools have been soft not hard.. I did have spicy sushi (not raw) 3 days ago for lunch and I normally feel that spicy ness on its way out too .. but i eat that ALL the time and have not ever had blood also. And usually any problems i have with that are the next morning so 2 days ago.

The blood was bright red and with my husband in Iraq there has been no sex.
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:18 am

User avatar Hello,

Bright red blood that drips into the bowl after a bowel movement or is mixed with solid brown stool signifies mild bleeding, usually from an anorectosigmoid source, and can be evaluated in the outpatient setting.

It could be anything from internal hemorrhoids to a polyp. But it could also be due to a disease of the colon such as inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, infective colitis or left sided colonic tumors.

Painless bleeding is commonly caused by internal hemorrhoids. Bleeding associated with pain during bowel movements suggests an anal fissure. Old age should prompt the doctor to exclude the presence of cancer.

I strongly urge you to call your doctor for an appointment. If nothing is found on examination, further investigations such as sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy may be required.

Keep us updated.

Best regards,

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