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Recurring Abdominal Pain

Lower abdominal pain with bleeding into the stools can be caused by intense inflammation in the bowel. Pain and bleeding can also be caused by a cancer in the intestinal tract. Because you are young, you are more likely to have inflammation than cancer.

BecauseĀ  you have a "red flag" symptom along with your abdominal pain, it is imperative that you have a medical evaluation without delay. Please call your doctor today to arrange an urgent evaluation.

In addition to blood tests, your evaluation might begin with a test that can view the inside of your colon or small intestine. Examples are a colonoscopy or an x-ray series with a swallowed liquid that can be seen on x-ray ("upper GI series").

The most common causes of inflammation in the bowel that cause recurrent symptoms are "inflammatory bowel" diseases, including

  • Crohn's disease

  • ulcerative colitis.

Other conditions that are less likely to be the cause of your symptoms include

  • celiac disease (celiac sprue)

  • colon cancer

  • lymphoma.

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