Fecal Occult Blood Test

A fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a test to detect the presence of blood in the stool, also known as the feces.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After the test, call your doctor if any of the following occur:

    • Development of any new symptoms
    • Worsening of existing symptoms

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    A fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a test to detect the presence of blood in the stool, also known as the feces.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Test


    An FOBT is used as part of the
    colorectal cancer
    screening process.

    It may also used to detect blood in your stool if you are having abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite, or other symptoms.

    Colorectal Cancer
    Rectal cancer
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    Adenomatous Polyp in Colon
    Colon polyp
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  • Possible Complications

    There are no major complications associated with this test.