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Week of June 16, 2003

    Question:   I would like to know what a Schillings Test is for? I understand that I must fast for 12 hours, get an injection, then collect my urine and return it to the lab. What is this test used for?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have a 4-year-old girl and for the past 8 months she has had rectal bleeding when she goes to the bathroom. It wasn't there all the time before, but now every time she has a bowel movement, after I wipe her, it is fresh blood and sometimes there is also mucus there. What causes this bleeding? What should I do?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer