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April 08, 2016
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Blood in the stool means there is bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract. Here's what you need to know about the possible causes of bloody stools and what you -- and your doctor -- should do if you discover a problem.

1. Diverticular disease. Diverticula are small pouches that project from the colon wall.

2. Anal fissure. A small cut or tear in the tissue lining the anus similar to the cracks that occur in chapped lips or a paper cut.

3. Colitis. Inflammation of the colon. Among the more common causes are infections or inflammatory bowel disease.

4. Angiodysplasia. A condition in which fragile, abnormal blood vessels lead to bleeding.

5. Peptic ulcers. An open sore in the lining of the stomach or duodenum, the upper end of the small intestine. 

6. Polyps or cancer. Polyps are benign growths that can grow, bleed, and become cancerous. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S.

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100 S. Ellsworth Ave
Suite 507
San Mateo CA, 94401