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Manuel F. Bustamante
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Naples
Gastroenterology
Gastroenterology Specialists
1656 Medical Blvd. Ste 301
Naples
FL
34110

About once a month I see small amounts of blood in my stool. I think I have hemorrhoids. Should I be concerned and do I need a colonoscopy?

There are several important points to consider in determining if occasional blood in stools has significant meaning. If you are over the age of 50, you have a higher risk that these episodes are related to colon polyps or tumors, thus colonoscopy should be considered. If you have abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation and see blood frequently, then you could have a problem other than a hemorrhoid causing your bleeding, such as infections, inflammatory disorders, or ischemia affecting your bowel and colonoscopy may be indicated.  Please call our office for more information.

 

My spouse was recently diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Is it likely that I am also infected?

Hepatitis C is a viral illness caused by Hepatitis C virus, usually spread through contact with infected blood, or through sex with an infected person and from mother to baby during childbirth. Overall the risk of transmission to a monogamous sexual partner is low. You should avoid sharing personal items that could expose you to your spouse's blood. These include razor blades, toothbrushes, etc. Most people who are infected with Hepatitis C do not have any symptoms for years. A blood test can tell you if you have it.  Please call our office for more information if you believe that you have been exposed to the virus.

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