Rectal bleeding refers to bleeding that comes from the anus, rectum, or colon. The color of blood can range from bright red to black and indicates where the bleeding may be coming from. Rectal bleeding may be caused by conditions such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, or colorectal cancer. You may notice rectal bleeding on the toilet paper, in the toilet bowl, or on your stool. It can either be a minor symptom or an indication of a serious disorder that requires emergency medical attention.
What are the symptoms of rectal bleeding?
Symptoms may vary depending on the cause of bleeding. Common symptoms of rectal bleeding include:
- Blood in or on your stool
- Stool that is red, maroon, or black
- Rectal pain
What are the causes of rectal bleeding?
Rectal bleeding can occur due to various causes, such as:
- Hemorrhoids (inflamed veins in the rectum or anus)
- Anal fissure (a small tear in the lining of the anal canal)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (swelling of the small or large intestine)
- Colon polyps
- Rectal ulcers
- Colon or rectal cancer
How is rectal bleeding diagnosed?
During your consultation, our proctologist will review your medical history, ask about your symptoms, and perform a physical examination of the anus and rectum to determine the cause of your bleeding. The doctor may perform additional tests, including a colonoscopy or a sigmoidoscopy, which involve using a flexible tube introduced into the anus to examine the colon.
What color is rectal bleeding?
Rectal bleeding can range in color from bright red to dark maroon to black, depending on your particular case.
How is rectal bleeding treated?
The doctor will choose the most suitable treatment depending on what is causing the rectal bleeding.
- Anal fissures and hemorrhoids are conditions that can either go away on their own with time or be treated using medications or through surgery
- If your condition is caused by constipation, the doctor will recommend lifestyle adjustments, such as eating high-fiber foods, exercising regularly, and drinking plenty of water.
- If your rectal bleeding is caused by a more serious condition such as cancer, the doctor will determine a plan of action to deal with the malignancy, usually involving the removal of tumors.
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