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Blood in Stool

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

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

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