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other then hemorrhoids what can cause rectal bleeding?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Rectal bleed: Blood from rectum can come from anal fissure, rectal or sigmoid polyp, colitis, diverticular bleed, cancer, infection (rare), trauma (rare)
Dr. Catherine Spratt turner
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Rectal bleeding: Rectal bleeding can occur as a result of many things besides hemorrhoids including a growth in your intestine. You need to get that checked out by your doctor.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the rectal bleeding a result of if not hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Not just hemorrhoids: Are you sure you have just hemorrhoids? Bleeding from the rectum that recurs may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.) or a bleeding source further upstream. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaid's, anticoagulants can cause bleeding), get evaluated.
Dr. Ioana Bina
Dr. Ioana Bina commented
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Many times I've seen patients with hemorrhoids who are also having a large rectal or sigmoid polyp - you can't assume it's only hemorrhoids - please see your doctor .
Mar 25, 2012

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