What other symptoms might occur with bloody stool?
Depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition, bloody stool may occur with other symptoms including:
Abdominal pain or cramping
Abdominal swelling or bloating
Urgent need to pass stool
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, bloody stool may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, are exhibiting any of these life-threatening symptoms:
What is bloody stool?
Blood in the stool is an abnormal, potentially critical condition in which there is blood mixed in with a bowel movement or feces. The blood can arise from anywhere along the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus. Bloody stool is often a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding due to injury or disease. Stools that contain bright red or maroon-colored blood may be referred to as hematochezia, wh... Read more about bloody stoolintroduction
What causes bloody stool?
Blood in the stool can indicate a relatively mild condition, such as hemorrhoids or constipation, or it can be due to a serious, even life-threatening condition, such as esophageal varices or colon cancer. Certain medications, such as aspirin, can also cause bloody stool.
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