Blood in the Stool - Associated Symptoms

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What symptoms are associated with rectal bleeding?

Depending upon where and why the bleeding has taken place in the digestive tract, the stool consistency and color may vary greatly:

  • The stool color may be bright red, maroon, dark red or black.
  • The bleeding might be hidden, unseen to the naked eye, but able to be detected by a fecal occult blood test.
  • There may be just in the bowel movement or there may be associated feces.
  • If the feces are formed, the blood may be mixed in with the stool or it may just coat the surface.
  • The stool may be well formed or it may loose and diarrhea like. It may be normal in shape in size or it may become pencil thin.
  • There may be associated abdominal pain or the bleeding may be painless.

Depending upon the amount of blood loss, the person may complain of lightheadedness, weakness, shortness of breath, and chest pain. The extent of these symptoms will depend upon the amount and duration of bleeding. If the blood loss occurs slowly over a prolonged period of time, the body may be able to adapt and these symptoms may develop gradually. If the bleeding occurs quickly, the person might become suddenly ill.

Blood in stool is never normal and should not be assumed to be due to a benign cause. Even when the blood is found to be due to hemorrhoids (a common cause of bright red blood in the stool), the amount of bleeding may still be significant and may need a surgical procedure to control it.

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Comment from: blood in stool, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 26

Along with rectal bleeding I have dizziness when straining.

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