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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   blood in my stool
Doctor :   Hi
User :   why do i have bllod in my stools?
User :   hi
Doctor :   can you explain your symptoms please ?
User :   it happens about 3 to 4 times a week its normaly bright red
Doctor :   may i know your age, please ?
User :   20
User :   what do you think it could be?
Doctor :   do u have any pain while you pass your bowels ?
User :   no
Doctor :   at the age of 20, painless bleeding might be due to hemorrhoids
User :   ive been checked for hemorrhoids and i have been booked in for a blood test. its been happening for 5 weeks
Doctor :   has a rectal examination been done ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   and have they confirmed hemorrhoids ?
User :   no there was no signs, so now i got a blood test. what do you think it could be?
Doctor :   your doctors could be now evaluating if u have anemia , which can occur in patients with blood loss in stools
Doctor :   did they do a stool test as well for parasites ?
User :   whats anemia? no he just examined me
Doctor :   anemia - a condition of low circulating blood in the body
Doctor :   have u had loss of weight or appetite ?
User :   i have noticed ive lost 3 pounds but i still eat well
Doctor :   any crampy pain involved ?
User :   no, no pain atall
User :   should i be worried?
Doctor :   the other condition, that can present in this way could be a abnomal vein within the intestines that is bleeding
Doctor :   this is called a arterio venous anomaly
User :   is that bad?
Doctor :   this just bleeds , but does not cause much issues
Doctor :   its not dangerous to life per se
Doctor :   but can cause anemia due to bleeding
User :   will it show up on my blood test?
Doctor :   a GI study with either endoscopy or capsule enteroscopy can be helpful to diagnose it
Doctor :   No , a blood test will detect only anemia, it cannot detect anomalies in the GI tract
User :   would it detect anything serious like cancer?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   definitely
Doctor :   endoscopy can detect it
User :   do you think my symptoms are that serious?
Doctor :   but , cancer is not seen in young patients like yourself
Doctor :   unless you have history of familial polyposis
User :   thats a relief, my friends think it may be a ulcer
User :   ?
Doctor :   ulcers , present with a sever gastric pain
Doctor :   and not as painless frank red blood bleeding in stools
User :   internal bleeding?
Doctor :   no there might be oo internal bleed
Doctor :   in such a case, you might right now be in a hospital due to hypotensive shock
User :   thats ok then i was worried so its more likley to be something minor?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   this is a very minor issue and not something like cancer
User :   ok thanks for your help
Doctor :   it can be treated with endoscopic ablation
Doctor :   you are most welcome
Doctor :   take care and have a good day
Doctor :   bye for now
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