Blood in stool is a common symptom of hemorrhoids, anal fissures and many other conditions, including colon cancer.
Depending on its cause, it can appear bright red or it can turn your stool black and tarry.
Blood in stool: what you should know
- Blood in stool can come from anywhere along your digestive tract, from your mouth to your anus.
- Blood in stool is a common symptom of many conditions:
- Blood that comes from your esophagus, stomach or small intestine can turn your stool black and tarry.
- Blood that comes from your lower intestine, rectum or anus can appear bright red or even turn your stool a reddish color.
How can I get help for blood in stool?
While the cause of blood in stool usually is not serious, it can be a sign of colon cancer or another serious condition. If you have bloody-looking or black and tarry stools, you should see a doctor to rule out serious causes.
Care for blood in stool at Rush
If your doctor recommends further evaluation and testing, Rush has many specialists who can help find cause of your distress.
Why choose Rush for care for blood in stool care
If your doctor recommends the removal of hemorrhoids, a common cause of blood in stool, colon and rectal surgeons at Rush offer the most advanced and least invasive hemorrhoid removal techniques:
- Band ligation (also called hemorrhoid banding), a nonsurgical procedure to remove hemorrhoids
- Infrared coagulation, a method of shrinking hemorrhoids with heat
- Hemorrhoidectomy, or surgical removal of hemorrhoids