Blood In Stool

Vincent Rovito, MD, FACP

Gastroenterologist located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

Discovering blood in your stool or in the toilet can be a scary experience. Vincent Rovito, MD, FACP, can take the worry out of your situation, providing you with an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible at his Brooklyn practice in New York City. Dr. Rovito offers advanced diagnostics to determine the cause of your rectal bleeding and treat it effectively. If blood in your stool is causing you concern, schedule an evaluation by phone or using the online booking feature today.

Blood in Stool Q & A

What causes blood in stool?

There can be some reasons you see blood in your stool after using the bathroom. The most common causes of rectal bleeding are hemorrhoids and tears in the anal tissue. Both of these conditions can result from overstraining when you’re constipated.

Other conditions that can result in bloody stool include:

  • Colon polyps
  • Colon cancer
  • Diverticulosis

Bleeding in the upper part of the digestive tract can also produce blood when you use the bathroom.

When should I seek treatment for rectal bleeding?

If bleeding is minor, you may wait and see if it resolves on its own.

If you notice a lot of blood or continue to bleed for more than a day or two though, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Rovito as soon as possible. If bleeding is the result of colon cancer or internal injury, early diagnosis and treatment are critical.

How is rectal bleeding diagnosed?

Dr. Rovito offers several tests to identify the cause of blood in your stool. These tests may include a rectal exam or colonoscopy (service 3). He may also perform a sigmoidoscopy, an examination that allows Dr. Rovito a closer look at your rectum and the lower part of your large intestine.

You should seek a diagnosis for rectal bleeding that may be from something other than known hemorrhoids as soon as possible.

How is rectal bleeding treated?

In many situations, Dr. Rovito can use conservative measures. If blood in your stool is the result of hemorrhoids or anal tears, he may recommend a topical medication to reduce your discomfort and help heal your skin. If diverticulosis, an inflammation in the lining of your digestive tract, is the cause of the blood, Dr. Rovito may recommend antibiotics to prevent infection. You might also need to eat more fiber to prevent constipation and the need to strain.

Dr. Rovito may suggest removing polyps on your colon that cause rectal bleeding or interfere with your bowel movements. He may request additional testing to evaluate the size and location of the polyps and the severity of your bleeding.

A colon cancer diagnosis may require surgical treatment and chemotherapy. Dr. Rovito discusses your options for additional testing and cancer treatment based on the stage of cancer and your medical history.

Learn more about available treatment options if your blood in your stool by calling Dr. Rovito’s Brooklyn office or booking an appointment online today.