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My 5 year old neice has blood in her stool. Her pediatrician

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my 5 year old neice has blood in her stool. Her pediatrician didn't know what it was and is sending her to a specialist. How serious is this and what are the possible causes?
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Hi,
I am a pediatrician.
Blood in the stools of a 5 year old can range from simple things like anal tear due to constipation, infections, hemorrhoids, polyps in the gut, and even meckel's diverticulum.
A colonoscopy maybe planned in case of a fresh bleed to look of for the site and the cause of the bleeding.
For a more comprehensive review, read here
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/802064-overview
Regards
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