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blood in stool

The presence of visible or clinically detectable hemoglobin in feces. Bright red blood in stool is known as hematochezia. It may be produced by anorectal disorders, such as hemorrhoids, or by bleeding from diverticuli, cancers, some forms of dysentery, or angiodysplasia of the bowel (among other causes). It sometimes results from massive bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract.
hematochezia; hematemesis; melena
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Invisible ("occult") blood in the stool is fairly common post-race, but this is also a symptom of colon cancer.
The phone calls also offered patients an in-home kit to detect blood in the stool.
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The condition you describe is called meleana and is caused by partially digested blood in the stool.
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Oh, and don't forget your annual tests for hidden blood in the stool and your sigmoidoscopy.
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The FOBT is used to look for colon cancer by determining if there is blood in the stool - which may or may not come from a cancer.
The new test does not measure blood in the stool, but instead by measuring Tumour M2-PK it detects a tumour specific enzyme.
Check for blood in the stool, get lab tested now and follow up annually.