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My 8 year old son has been having blood and blood clots in

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My 8 year old son has been having blood and blood clots in his stools. He has been taking an antibiotic for 10 days, the problem sort of cleared up (incidents weren't so frequent). Today, he has had more blood in his stools and now when he wipes his bottom. Now, I'm puzzled and at a loss as to what to do or think.

Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.


Were any investigations done for the blood in stools? Has he pain when he passes stool? Has he diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain abdomen?

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.

Investigations were not done at the time due to him not having any insurance at the time the s/sx onset. He does have insurance now, but I have a growing concern that something MAJOR is going on. He has been c/o abd pain on and off. He did c/o of midgastric pain tonight x 3 tonight. No bloating is noticed. He admits to having some pain when passing his stools, but this was just brought to my attention tonight. His stool are formed, but the don't appear to be hard. I also haven't noticed any mucus in his stools..just blood.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.


It seems you have some medical background. A prolonged bleeding from rectum needs investigations and a physical examination by either a gastroenterologist or a surgeon. The common causes can be;

1) Hemorrhoids or piles

2) Anal fissure

3) Polyp rectum

4) Diverticulitis

5) Inflammatory bowel disease like crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis

6) Recurrent Intussusception

7) Infection of the intestine

8) Arteriovenous malformation of the gut

Investigations needed to establish the cause are;

1) Proctoscopy

2) Colonoscopy

3) Barium enema

It is difficult to give you a pin point cause for this, but Meckel's diverticulitis, or some infective disorder of bowel can be the cause.

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Dr. Arun

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