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What is the cause of blood in stools?

I am a 26 year old female, about 5'6", and weighing between 96 and 104 pounds (depending on switch scale I use). I was diagnosed with anorexia, but recently I have noticed some blood and white things in my stool. Could it be parasites, and if so, could that be the true reason for my low weight? Thank you.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017
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Hi, I had gone through your question and understand your concerns.

Well this should be investigated in every case. It is hard to say if anorexia and blood in stool are related but some bowel diseases may lead to weight loss+ blood in stool and in first case I mean coeliacia, ulcerative colitis and crohns disease. So you should do colonoscopy definitely. It will also rule out more common causes of blood in stool such as hemorrhoids, anal fissure or rectal polyps. These can then be treated but as I said, more severe issues should be investigated with colonoscopy especially if there is associated anemia in blood picture.
Hope this answers your question. If you have additional questions or follow up questions then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your questions.

Wishing you good health.
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What is the cause of blood in stools?

Hi, I had gone through your question and understand your concerns. Well this should be investigated in every case. It is hard to say if anorexia and blood in stool are related but some bowel diseases may lead to weight loss+ blood in stool and in first case I mean coeliacia, ulcerative colitis and crohns disease. So you should do colonoscopy definitely. It will also rule out more common causes of blood in stool such as hemorrhoids, anal fissure or rectal polyps. These can then be treated but as I said, more severe issues should be investigated with colonoscopy especially if there is associated anemia in blood picture. Hope this answers your question. If you have additional questions or follow up questions then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your questions. Wishing you good health.