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Bleeding From Anus when extreting stool

Mar 19, 2003

Recently something has been odd when i use the toilet, there are small red drops of blood comming after the stool comes out. Is this something serious? if so what is it? or is it just something that will pass? i don't think this is normal at all

Response from Dr. Wohl

Bright red blood coming from the rectum can be caused by several different things some of which are not serious and others that are.

Most commonly, hemorrhoids are to blame. Other possible causes include a small tear called a fissure. More concerning but rarer would be a bleeding polyp or cancer.

The best way to determine the cause is to see a good clinician who can examine the area and who may recommend a test called endoscopy in which a thin instrument with fiber optics can be inserted into the anus or higher to look for the source of beeding. DW

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