Causes Of Lower GI bleeding
Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Blood is something that evokes a feeling of panic and stress among most people, be it seeing your own blood or blood of someone else. Bleeding in stool may not be a very common complaint but whenever it arises, it creates a feeling of anxiety and embarrassment among people.
Types of lower gastrointestinal bleeding:
Lower gastrointestinal bleeding is mostly seen coming from anal canal or with stool. It may be:
Each type of presentation has a variety of different reasons. For example:
Fresh red blood coming from anal canal:
In most cases it is because of trauma or trivial reasons and chances are less that it may be because of serious issue like cancer. In most cases, fresh blood coming from anus is because of trauma or injury due to:
Blood mixed with stool:
Blood that is mixed with stool indicates that the lesion or site of bleeding is above anus (may be in rectum or lower gut) and is mostly taken seriously. In majority of the vases, lower gastrointestinal bleeding has other associated features too that help in making diagnosis. All cancers are associated with significant weight loss, so once you consult your physician give him complete details. Blood mixed with stool may be because of:
Black stools are tarry and sticky by nature and are considered most serious. This indicates that there is an active bleeding source in lower gut or around mid gut. In most cases, this is an indication of bowel cancer (increase the suspicion many fold). Apart from colon cancer, black stools may be because of:
What you should do?
Once you see some abnormality in normal consistency or color your stool, consult your physician immediately.
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