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Blood in stool

Blood in the stool means that a person is passing blood when they do a poo. The blood is not always red – sometimes it can be dark brown or black. There can be blood clots.

Occasionally a person passes blood and mucus at the same time. The bleeding might be painful or it might be painless. The most common causes of bleeding from the bowel are piles (haemorrhoids), anal fissures and bowel infections.

It could also be a sign of cancer or an inflammatory bowel disease. It is very important to see your doctor if you suspect you might be bleeding from the bowel.

Find out more about rectal bleeding.

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Last reviewed: July 2015

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Rectal Bleeding (Haematochezia) | myVMC

Rectal bleeding, also known as haematochezia, refers to the passage of bright blood (often mixed with clots or stools) via the rectum. Rectal bleeding can be due to bleeding from anywhere in the lower gastrointestinal tract namely the colon, rectum or anus.

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Digital Rectal Examination | myVMC

A digital rectal examination (DRE) is an important element of a clinical examination, performed by a doctor or nurse. It is a direct examination of the rectum and nearby organs, including the anal canal, prostate and bladder. While it can be uncomfortable, a DRE is critical to identifying illnesses such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis (infection of the prostate), haemorrhoids, anal fissures, prostate cancer and anal and rectal cancers.

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Anal Bleeding | myVMC

Most people dont like the sight of blood particularly their own blood, and even less so if its coming

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Anorectal Abscess and Fistula-in-Ano | myVMC

Anorectal abscesses and fistula-in-ano occur in the rectum and anus. An anorectal abscess is a localised collection of pus, either near the anus close under the skin, or deeper, adjacent to the rectum. A fistula-in-ano is an abnormal communication/track between the ano-rectal passage and the surface skin near the anus. It occurs as a complication of an ano-rectal abscess.

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Faecal occult blood - Lab Tests Online AU

Faecal occult blood testing is used to screen for bleeding from the gut/intestine, which may be an indicator of bowel cancer or to investigate the source of iron deficiency

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Haemorrhoids - myDr.com.au

Haemorrhoids are enlarged, congested veins just under the surface tissue of your rectum or anus. About 50 per cent of adults have had them by the time they turn 50.

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Haemorrhoids (Piles; Hemorrhoids) | myVMC

Haemorrhoids or piles are located in the anus. The term when used in a clinical sense, refers to the internal disruption or downward displacement of the anal cushions. The anal cushionsare tissue structures rich in blood supply, that line the anus and contribute to anal closure.

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Pregnancy and haemorrhoids: Ask a Health Question | Women's Health Queensland Wide

Question: I have just had a baby and developed haemorrhoids during pregnancy. They are really painful, especially when I sit to breastfeed.

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Haemorrhoids | Better Health Channel

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Haemorrhoids | myVMC

Haemorrhoids or piles are located in the anus. The term when used in a clinical sense, refers to the internal

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