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Getting lower abdominal pain, blood in stool. Ate steamed cauliflower, salad. What is wrong?

I am a 49 yr old white male in good shape 6 3 265 lbs, I get lower abdominal pain , Bright red blood in stool , some times it s a lot of blood & the pain makes me double over (the pain is well below the naval, pubic bone area) tonight I ate baked chicken breast, steamed cauliflower & broccoli, salad & I bleed bad. Most of the blood was bright red through out the stool area & above it with a regular stool but for the 1st time some blood was Dark & clotted.
Asked On : Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,

Presence of fresh red blood in stools can be caused due to many reasons.
Dysentry (blood in stools due to bacterial infection), hemorrhoids (piles), anal fissur/ ulcer, irritable bowel disease, inflammatory bowel disease, mesenteric infaction, all can cause blood in stools.
The first investigation is examination of the stools.
A routine microscopic examination will detect infection if present.
A culture of the stools will isolate the infectious agent.
Further an ultrasonography of the abdomen has also be done.
Pain abdomen associated with blood in stools suggests some pathology of intestine.
If required a lower intestine endoscopy- sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy may be required.
Consult your gastroenterologist for clinical examination, relevant investigations and management.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal

Answered: Mon, 10 Jun 2013
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