I have recently been constipated and every once in awhile some blood will appear in my stool. Is this normal, it feels as if it is coming from aggrivated lining of my anus. Any help? Should I have it checked out. It does not happen all the time.
Bright red blood seen when wiping or in the toilet bowl and not mixed with the stool most often represents anal outlet bleeding from hemorrhoids or a fissure (tear in the anal canal). Treatment includes a high fiber diet, soaking in lukewarm water for 20 minutes daily (sitz bath), stool softeners and medications such as preparation H or Annusol. Most gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons would recommend a flexible sigmoidoscopy (tube with a light and video camera introduced into the rectum and advanced up the left side of the colon) in a young patient to rule out more proximal bleeding from inflammatory bowel disease. In an older patient (over 50) most physicians would be more aggressive about ruling out colon cancer. To more effectively rule out colon cancer either a colonoscopy (similar tube to flexible sigmoidoscopy but examines the entire large intestine) or a flexible sigmoidoscopy and a barium enema can be done. I hope you find this information helpful.
This response is being provided for general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Always check with your personal physician when you have a question pertaining to your health.
If you would like to be seen at our institution please call 1-800-653-6568, our Referring Physicians' Office and make an appointment to see Dr. Muszkat, one of our experts in Gastroenterology.
*Keywords: rectal bleeding, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, barium enema
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.