Blood in the Stool - Hemorrhoids

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Hemorrhoids are masses or clumps ("cushions") of tissue within the anal canal that contain blood vessels. Although most people think hemorrhoids are abnormal, they are present in everyone. It is only when the hemorrhoidal cushions enlarge that hemorrhoids become susceptible to trauma from passing stool cause problems (such as bleeding or anal discomfort) and be considered abnormal or a disease. Like anal fissures, bleeding from hemorrhoids usually is mild and does not cause anemia or low blood pressure. Rarely, a person may develop iron deficiency anemia as a result of repeated hemorrhoidal bleeding over several months to years, especially if the dietary intake of iron is low.

Picture of the formation of hemorrhoids
Picture of the formation of hemorrhoids
Return to Blood in the Stool (Rectal Bleeding)

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Comment from: junebug, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 25

There is light blood in stool, I have a little diarrhea, and past hemorrhoid issue that sometimes flare up from straining on the toilet.

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Comment from: Randy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 18

All of a sudden I didn't feel well and I went to the bathroom early this morning and my stools were loose but no blood. Now it is bright red and stools are dark.

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