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Rectal Bleed, Stable

Rectal Bleeding (Stable)

Your exam today shows signs of blood in the stool. This is called rectal bleeding, because the blood passes through the rectum. However, the blood may not be coming from the rectum. Blood in the stool may be red or black in color. Red blood in the stool usually comes from the lower gastro-intestinal (GI) tract. This may be due to diverticulosis, polyps, colon inflammation or infection, anal fissure or hemorrhoids. In persons over 50 tumors and cancer of the intestinal tract may first show up as red blood in the stool.

Upper GI bleeding causes the stool to turn black. This may occur with bleeding from the esophagus, stomach, duodenum or small intestine. Very small amounts of GI bleeding may not be visible and can only be discovered on a chemical test of the stool.

You have not lost a large amount of blood and your condition appears stable at this time. It is very important to have a follow-up exam to determine the exact cause of your bleeding.

Home Care:

1) You may resume normal activity as long as you feel well.

2) Avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve and Naprosyn). You may use acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain. [ NOTE : If you have chronic liver disease, talk with your doctor before using acetaminophen.]

3) Avoid alcohol.

Follow Up

with your doctor or as advised by our medical staff. It is very important that you have further tests done to find the cause of your bleeding.

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

-- Large amount of rectal bleeding (more than 1 cup of blood in 24 hours)

-- Increasing abdominal pain

-- Weakness, dizziness or fainting

-- Vomiting blood (red or black color)


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