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Health Tip: If You Notice Blood in the Stools

(HealthDay News) -- Bloody stools can indicate an internal injury or abnormality. A doctor should evaluate the condition without delay.

The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests these possible causes of blood in the stools:

  • An abnormality in the blood vessels, or an esophageal tear.
  • An ulcer in the duodenum, gastritis, or bleeding in the stomach.
  • Insufficient blood flow to the intestines.
  • An injury or object lodged in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Anal fissures, colon cancer or polyps in the colon.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Diverticulosis or inflammatory bowel disease.
  • An infection in the intestines.
  • A tumor in the small bowel.

-- Diana Kohnle

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