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Blood in the Stool (Rectal Bleeding) (cont.)

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What are some of the causes of blood in the stool (rectal bleeding)?

Blood in the stool can originate anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract.

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are the most common cause of blood in the stool. Blood vessels located in the walls of the rectum can swell, become inflamed and bleed. Hemorrhoids can be caused by straining at stool, diarrhea, pregnancy, obesity and prolonged sitting on the commode. All these factors increase the pressure within the hemorrhoidal vessels causing them to swell. The bleeding is often associated with anal burning or itching.

Anal fissures

Bleeding can also occur because of an anal fissure, or a split in the skin of the anus. Hard constipated stool may cause the skin to split. Other causes include pregnancy and anal intercourse. Anal fissures are also associated with other diseases including inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), cancer and infections. Anal fissures tend to be very painful, even when sitting.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2013

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