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Posted by: Mac | 2007/03/16

Red Streaks in Stool

Dear Doc,

Hope all is well with you, just a quick really embarrasing question: I have noticed this morning that there is red / marroonish streaks in my stool. It was quite a shock and I'm not sure whether or not to be concerned. I am not experiencing any abdominal pain or anything like that. Should I be concerned or is this normal? I also haven't had anything red like beatroot etc in ages. Your answer would really be appreciated!

Thx,

mac

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Dear Mac
If it is just red when you wipe it could be a hemorroid but if it is mixed with the stool it comes from higher up in the bowel and that needs attention by a doctor - It can be a sign of a bleeding polyp or infection or cancer even.

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