The "bloody" stool is a common complaint in the primary care setting. Obtaining a history, performing a physical examination, and testing for fecal occult blood should help the practitioner distinguish hematochezia from the red stool due to ingestion of natural and artificial dyes and other substances that produce a red color. Although often benign, hematochezia may indicate significant underlying gastrointestinal pathology.
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- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health