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Stomach pain, blood in stools. Concerned

My 17 yr old nephew is just waiting to see an out of hours doctor, last night he had stomach pains and when he went to the toilet to move his bowels there was quite a lot of blood , this has again happenened today and he is pale with stomache pains but only advised his parent s this morning as he wanted to go out last night, we are very concerned?
Asked On : Tue, 1 Jan 2013
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Hello. I'm Dr. Christensen.
I'm sorry your nephew is having problems. His symptoms are worrisome. Rectal bleeding at any age should be taken seriously. Although hemorrhoids are the most common cause of such bleeding, your nephew's symptoms are more suggestive of inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., ulcerative colitis), gastritis, infectious diarrhea (e.g., E. coli or C. difficile) or a bleeding ulcer, all of which can be serious or even life-threatening. I agree that your nephew should see a physician as soon as possible; his ongoing bleeding may have already made him anemic.
I hope that answers your question, and I hope your nephew does well.
Answered: Tue, 1 Jan 2013
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