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What does occult or hidden bleeding in the digestive tract mean?

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Doctors call bleeding in the digestive tract that you don't see “occult” or “hidden.” Fortunately, simple tests can check for hidden blood in the stool.

SOURCES: 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. 

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on February 5, 2020

SOURCES: 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. 

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on February 5, 2020

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