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Bleeding While Passing Stools

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By Medicover Hospitals / 27 Mar 2021
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  • Blood in the stool can be narrow, whether you discover it in cattle after a bowel movement or after a test ordered by your healthcare provider. While blood in your stools can show a serious problem, this is not always the case.
  • Article Context:

    1. What is Bleeding While Passing Stools?
    2. Causes
    3. Diagnosis
    4. Treatment
    5. When to visit a Doctor?
    6. Home Remedies
    7. FAQ's

    What is Bleeding While Passing Stools?

  • Bleeding while passing stool is the flow of blood through the anus. Bleeding can cause bright red blood in the stool, and a brownish brown or black stool. The bleeding may also be hidden. Rectal bleeding can also be seen with bleeding rising in the intestinal tract, from the stomach, duodenum, small intestine, or Meckel's diverticulum. Rectal bleeding may not be painful; however, other symptoms that can cause rectal bleeding are diarrhea and abdominal cramps due to irritation caused by blood in the stool.
  • Causes:

    Diverticular disease:

  • Diverticula are small sacs that protrude from the wall of the colon. Diverticula usually do not cause problems, but can sometimes bleed or become infected.
  • Anal gaping:

  • A small incision or tear in the tissue that feeds the anus, similar to tears found in cracked lips or paper cuts. The gap is often due to the passing of large, hard stools and can be painful.
  • Angiodysplasia:

  • A condition in which abnormal and fragile blood vessels cause bleeding.
  • Gastric or peptic ulcer:

  • An open sore in the stomach or duodenum, the upper tip of the small intestine. Many stomach ulcers are caused by an infection with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Prolonged use or high doses of anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can also cause stomach ulcers.
  • Polyps or cancer:

  • Polyps are benign growths that can grow, bleed and become cancerous. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer. It sometimes results in bleeding that is undetectable to the naked eye.
  • Esophageal problems:

  • Varicose veins or tears in the esophagus can lead to severe blood loss.
  • Diagnosis:

  • Doctors usually perform a visual or physical examination to check the affected area. This may include inserting a glove, a lubricated finger into the anus to look for abnormalities, such as hemorrhoids. Sometimes a final hemorrhage may be necessary due to rectal hemorrhage. It involves the insertion of a thin, flexible illuminated scope into the anus. The endoscope has a camera at the end, with which the doctor can view the area to indicate signs of bleeding. Examples of endoscopic procedures to see rectal bleeding are sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy. A doctor may also order a blood test, such as a complete blood count (CBC), to determine if you have lost a significant amount of blood.
  • Treatment:

  • Most cases can be treated. Your plan depends on the cause of the bleeding. An endoscopy can be done. For example, if your upper digestive tract is bleeding, your doctor can control it by injecting medicine directly into the problem area using an endoscope to guide the needle. A doctor may also use heat to treat (or 'cauterize') a bleeding area through the scope and tissue, or place a clip in a bleeding blood vessel. These techniques are not always enough. Sometimes you need surgery. Once the bleeding is under control, you should take medicine to prevent it from coming back.
  • When to visit a Doctor?

  • Go to an emergency room if you also experience any of the following symptoms:
    • Damp, sweet, or cold skin
    • Severe abdominal pain or cramps
    • Fever
    • Dizziness or fainting
    • Less urination than usual
    • Nausea
    • Blood
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • Confusion, disorientation
    • Problems to see
    • Weight loss

    Home Remedies:

    • Eight to ten glasses of water a day are suggested.
    • Every day, take a bath or shower and disinfect the skin around the anus.
    • Reduce tension with bowel movements.
    • Increase fiber in your diet with supplements like Metamucil, Benefiber, or foods like prunes.
    • You do not sit on the toilet for a long time.
    • To ease discomfort, add ice packs to the affected area.
    • Bath: It is a warm bath with water that is deep enough to cover the hips and buttocks and can help relieve some symptoms of itching, pain, and discomfort of hemorrhoids.
    • Avoid drinking alcohol as it contributes to dehydration, which is one of the causes of constipation.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Certain foods can make your stools look red. These include blueberries, tomatoes, beets, or foods that are red in color.
  • Causes of blood in the stool range from harmless and irritating digestive tract conditions such as hemorrhoids and anal fissure (anal fissure), from tension against a hard stool with constipation to serious conditions such as cancer.
  • If you have blood in your stool, it may look different. You may have bright red blood streaks in your shit, or you may see blood mixing with it. Stools can also look very dark, almost black and tarry. Sometimes you have blood in your stool that is not visible.
  • It may be brought about by heavy alcohol intake, spicy foods, or smoke. Gastritis may be caused by several diseases and other health concerns. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal bleeding, satiety, and blood in vomiting or bowel movements.
  • Citations:

  • Bleeding while passing stools - https://www.nature.com/articles/nrgastro.2010.42
  • Bleeding while passing stools - https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF01296524
  • Bleeding while passing stools - https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/1105075