Blood in Stool
When wiping after bowel movements or in the toilet bowl, blood might be seen in the stools. It indicates that there is a bleeding cause in the gastrointestinal tract. Sometimes the amount of bleeding is so small that it goes undetected until a stool test for colon cancer screening – the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or the fecal immunochemical test – is performed (FIT).
Bleeding that occurs higher up in the digestive tract causes malena or melena, which are dark and tarry stools.
Blood in the stool necessitates further study to rule out a major condition, necessitating medical intervention. However, it is not always indicative of a serious condition, and the most common causes are quite benign.
Causes of Blood in Stool:
- Anal fissure
- Angiodysplasia colon
- Bowel cancer
- Diverticular disease or colonic diverticulosis
- Peptic ulcer
- Duodenal ulcer
- Gastric ulcer
- Piles or hemorrhoids
- Rarely Meckel’s diverticulum
- Varicose veins of esophagus
After speaking with us, we will arrange for certain tests to confirm the diagnosis, which may include:
- Blood tests
- CT Scan
- If the patient is bleeding profusely, it is a medical emergency, and the patient will need admittance and, in certain cases, blood transfusions, as well as fast therapy to halt the bleeding.
- The treatment differs based on the reason and source of the bleeding:
- Medicines and dietary and lifestyle changes are frequently used to treat piles and anal fissures.
- Less commonly, drugs and food and lifestyle changes can be used to treat les and anal fissure. Ulcers will necessitate the use of drugs as well as dietary and lifestyle changes. If you have a gastric ulcer, you may need to use a surveillance scope to make sure it has healed. Otherwise, there’s a chance you’ll be missing cancer.
- Different causes will necessitate different approaches to treatment. We will provide suitable guidance and treatment to the patient.