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Stools - Blood In

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Definition:

  • Blood-colored material mixed in the stool, on the surface or passed alone
  • Blood in the stools is mostly bright red
  • Blood from bleeding in the stomach comes out tar-black

Causes

  • Anal Fissure. If no diarrhea, most of these children have a small tear in the anus. This is called an anal fissure.  Anal fissures usually are caused by passage of a large or hard stool. This is the cause in 90% of children with blood in the stools.
  • Strep Skin Infection. A Strep skin infection around the anus can also cause blood-streaked stools.
  • Bacterial Diarrhea. If also has bloody diarrhea, a gut bacterial infection may be the cause. Examples are Shigella, Salmonella, E.Coli 0157 or Campylobacter.
  • Red, but not Blood. The things listed below can also cause red-colored stools that look like blood:
  • Certain foods (such as tomatoes or beets)
  • Certain drinks (such as red Kool-Aid)
  • Certain medicines (such as amoxicillin or omnicef)

Anal Fissure or Tear

  • An anal fissure is the most common cause of blood in the stools.
  • It causes blood on the surface of a stool. Blood may also be found on toilet tissue after wiping.
  • The blood is always bright red.
  • Only a few streaks or flecks are seen.
  • You may see a shallow tear at 6 or 12 o'clock on the anus.
  • Caused by passing a large or hard stool.

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