Blood in the Stool (Rectal Bleeding) (cont.)

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Esophageal bleeding

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Bleeding may originate in the esophagus from ulcers, varices (swollen veins) or a Mallory Weiss tear in its lining, usually from violent vomiting.

Other causes

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The blood in the stool can also be due to swallowed blood from a nosebleed, dental work, or other mouth injuries that cause bleeding.

When should I call a doctor for blood in the stool (rectal bleeding)?

Any blood in the stool is not normal and should be reported to your health care professional. However, there are certain circumstances that might be considered an emergency and medical care should be accessed immediately. These situations include:

  • Black, tarry stools may be due to bleeding from the esophagus, stomach or duodenum (upper gastrointestinal [GI] tract). This is especially a potentially serious concern in patients with liver disease and/or portal hypertension who have esophageal varices. This is a potential life threatening situation.
  • Maroon color stool may be caused by an upper GI bleed or a bleeding source in the small intestine.
  • Lightheadedness, weakness, fainting (syncope), chest pain or shortness of breath may be symptoms of significant blood loss.
  • Bleeding that is associated with fever and abdominal pain.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2013

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