Finding blood in your stool is not something that anyone plans on or hopes for. However, it happens. When you do notice that there is blood in your stool, it can be frightening as this is often a sign a serious medical issues. On the other hand, there are also other things that can cause blood to appear in your stool. So let’s talk about some of these causes.

Angiodysplasia

Often this vascular lesion of the gastrointestinal tract is asymptomatic, but not always. Often the blood vessels become fragile and likely to bleed which results in blood in the stool.

Anal Fissures

A small cut or tear in the tissue along the anus is know as an anal fissures. Clearly a cut on your anus is likely to result in bleeding, just as a cut anywhere else on your body would as well.

Colitis

This is the inflammation of the colon that often leads to blood in the stool or irritable bowel syndrome(IBS).

Diverticular Disease

When someone suffers from diverticulitis, this means that there are small pouches (as known as diverticula), that form on the walls of the colon. Sometimes these pouches become infected and bleed which can lead to blood in your stool.

Peptic Ulcers

These open sores in your upper intestine or the lining of your stomach are caused by taking anti-inflammatory drugs for an extended amount of time or bacteria.

Polyps & Cancer

As we have discussed before, polyps are noncancerous should they be found in the early stages. However, given time, these growth can become cancer. Both polyps and colon cancer have been known to cause bloody stool.

If you have discovered that you have blood in your stool, make an appointment at West Gastroenterology Medical Group today. We can find out what is causing this undesirable symptom today!