Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding, or hematochezia, may indicate an anorectal disorder or some type of gastrointestinal bleeding. Other symptoms that are almost the same are “blood in stool” and blood in the toilet. Bloody diarrhea is a more specific type of rectal bleed with various causes. Some common causes of uncomplicated rectal ...

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Causes

Rectal bleeding or blood in stool can result from anorectal disorders, gastrointestinal bleeding, or from infectious causes of bloody diarrhea. Anorectal Disorders: Some causes of rectal bleeding due to disorders of the rectum or anus include:

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Causes of Rectal Bleeding

Bright red blood may be seen only on toilet paper or in the toilet bowl after a bowel movement - not mixed freely with the bowel motion. This type of bleeding is usually caused by haemorrhoids (piles) or anal fissure.

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Diagnosis of Rectal Bleeding

You may need tests to find the cause of the bleeding. These could include X-rays or endoscopic procedures such as a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is the passage of a long, flexible tube through the colon, which allows doctors to ...1

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Causes List for Rectal Bleeding

Possible causes of Rectal Bleeding (or similar symptoms) may include:2

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Treatments for Rectal Bleeding

If you have continual or severe bleeding, your doctor may use colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy to perform procedures that destroy rectal tissues to stop the bleeding. These procedures include

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References

  1. Source: New Zealand Health: health.govt.nz/ your-health/ conditions-and-treatments/ diseases-and-illnesses/ bleeding-anus
  2. Source: Algorithmically Generated List

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