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How is blood in stool diagnosed?

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Have a doctor evaluate any bleeding in the stool. Any details you can give about the bleeding will help your doctor locate the site of bleeding. For example, a black, tarry stool is likely an ulcer or other problem in the upper part of the digestive tract. Bright red blood or maroon-colored stools usually indicate a problem in the lower part of the digestive tract such as hemorrhoids or diverticulitis.

From: Blood in Stool WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Bloody or tarry stools."

Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program: "Rectal Bleeding: What You Should Know."

MedlinePlus: "Gastrointestinal fistula."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Angiodysplasia of the Colon."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Bleeding in the Digestive Tract."

The Ohio State University Medical Center: "Peptic Ulcers."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Bloody or tarry stools."

Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program: "Rectal Bleeding: What You Should Know."

MedlinePlus: "Gastrointestinal fistula."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Angiodysplasia of the Colon."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Bleeding in the Digestive Tract."

The Ohio State University Medical Center: "Peptic Ulcers."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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