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Colorectal Diseases

Blood in feces

02/22/2008

Question:

hi for the past two days as usual I`ll have a bowel movement...but I`ve been noticing blood in my fecal material,and I`d wipe and there would be bright red blood on the toilet paper then when i would wipe again there is nothing there can you think of anything...i don`t have a loss of appetite, i don`t vomit and or have diarrhea...but i am always tired....any advice????

Answer:

Talk to your primary care doctor about this problem. They will want to examine your anal canal to see if this is due to something simple like hemorrhoids or a fissure. If neither is seen, they will likely suggest additional investigations into what is going on, especially if you are an over 40, have a family history of colon disease, or have any other symptoms of a problem (like abdominal pain, urgency, fever, etc).

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati