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Dr. Jason Campbell
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Rectal Bleeding (Overview)

"Rectal bleeding" often denotes bright red blood per rectum that may originate from multiple causes involving the anal canal, rectum, or even distal colon.


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What can cause rectal bleeding?

What can cause rectal bleeding?

Numerous: From hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulae, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulosis, to polyps, tumors benign or malignant. Also meckel's diverticulum, and upper GI sources such as ulcers and gastritis and tumors benign or malignant. No bleeding is normal. Get properly evaluated by a GI doctor or colorectal surgeon or at least by your primary care doctor. Do not ignore rectal bleeding. ...Read more

Dr. Jason Campbell
169 Doctors shared insights

Rectal Bleeding (Overview)

"Rectal bleeding" often denotes bright red blood per rectum that may originate from multiple causes involving the anal canal, rectum, or even distal colon.


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What does rectal bleeding mean?

What does rectal bleeding mean?

Depends: If you are having persistent bleeding from your rectum, you need to get it checked. While hemorrhoids are a common cause of rectal bleeding, your physician may decide to pursue other diagnoses. Getting a full history and physical exam will guide the decision. Are you having symptoms like dizziness or passing out? Is the blood bright red or dark? These are questions that need to be answered. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
once
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How to treat pain and rectal bleeding while pooping?

How to treat pain and rectal bleeding while pooping?

Stool softeners: Use colace (docusate sodium) and see your doctor if not done so yet to get seen and possible colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I've have bad rectal bleeding for the past year (toilet water looks like pure blood) I know I have a internal hemroid. What can I do to treat it?

Treat your hemorrhoi: If you are having persistent bleeding despite stool softeners and a high fiber diet with plenty of fluids you should see a dr who specializes in hemorrhoids and band it or treat it so the bleeding will be stopped. ...Read more

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Hello. I would like to ask about the causes and treatment for per rectal bleeding in a 23 years old male. It has been 6 months, on and off, bright red, slight pain in anus, symptom relieved by increased fluid intake and fibre, no loss of weight or appetit

Hello. I would like to ask about the causes and treatment for per rectal bleeding in a 23 years old male. It has been 6 months, on and off, bright red, slight pain in anus, symptom relieved by increased fluid intake and fibre, no loss of weight or appetit

Hemorrhoids: Nice description of hemorrhoid bleeding. Keep a good balance of fiber (5-6 servings of fruit / vege a day) and hydration (enough liquid to have clear urine 4-5 times a day - not what you get with beer or coffee) and he should have durable relief. Otc hemorrhoid rx may help. If not, or if the bleeding or pain worsens he may have a higher grade of hemorrhoid or fissure and shoul see a doc. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has rectal bleeding what causes this and how can I prevent it?

My 2 year old has rectal bleeding what causes this and how can I prevent it?

BLEEDING PER RECTUM:: Some causes:
chronic constipation with hard stool with blood;

drinking red colored juice/drink/fruit can mimic blood,
rectal or distal colon polyp;

bacillary dysentery, associated with abdominal pain, fever in a sick child.

Rectal bleeding as a part of systemic diseases, e.g. Henoch schonlein purpura, hemorrhagic diseases, etc.
Whatever is the cause, s/he needs to be seen immediately. ...Read more

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I'm 24 yrs old been having rectal bleeding for at least two months also get a discharge and sometimes is mixed with blood. I feel pressure but no pain.

I'm 24 yrs old been having rectal bleeding for at least two months also get a discharge and sometimes is mixed with blood. I feel pressure but no pain.

See MD: The mucus discharge concerns me and could be a sign of a more serious underlying disorder such as inflammatory bowel disease or other condition and I would recommend being evaluated by your physician or a gastroenterologist. Your anemia may benefit from treatment as well. ...Read more

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21yr old male, could this be colon cancer? Blood on stool, Rectal bleeding (bright red/darker at times,) painful bowel movement, big & hard stool, etc.

21yr old male, could this be colon cancer? Blood on stool, Rectal bleeding (bright red/darker at times,) painful bowel movement, big & hard stool, etc.

Chronic constipation: Chronic constipation can lead to hemorroidal bleeding and fecal impaction Once the stool is hard and large, medications are generally not effective initially. Treatment consists of preventing constipation through diet, bowel retraining and stool softeners. To get things moving at the beginning of treatment, Fleets enema may be necessary. Without a strong family history, cancer would be uncommon. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with an terrible illness when you have rectal bleeding?

Most are benign: Many of the things that cause rectal bleeding are benign (not cancer) the most common thing is simple hemorrhoids. Still, you should get seen by a doctor to figure out the cause because even though "terrible" things are rare it is still much better to catch them early when they are small. And if they find they are just hemorrhoids you will rest better. ...Read more

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Rectal bleeding, heavy bright red blood in stool and lower back pain. What should I do?

Rectal bleeding, heavy bright red blood in stool and lower back pain. What should I do?

You need: To see a GI doctor or colorectal surgeon, sooner rather than later before it becomes a life threatening emergency! This does not seem like something you should wait on for a few days to "see if it gets better". If necessary go to the nearest emergency room! Take this situation very seriously. ...Read more

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Rectal bleeding, heavy bright red blood in stool and lower back pain. What should I do?

Rectal bleeding, heavy bright red blood in stool and lower back pain. What should I do?

Emergency room visit: It is advisable to go to the emergency room if you feel you are having such large amounts of bright red blood per rectum, especially with associated symptoms - this could indicate a serious problem or it may just be a bleeding hemorrhoid - regardless, you should have a physician evaluate you sooner rather than later, especially if you develop low blood pressure and/or light headedness. ...Read more

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Blood in stool rectal bleeding and alternating constipation and loose stool. Is it cancer?

Blood in stool rectal bleeding and alternating constipation and loose stool. Is it cancer?

Blood in stool: Suspicious but your age is in your favor unless a strong family history of colon or breast cancer. Likely another cause. I would see your PCP. ...Read more

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When colon cancer reach a level that causes anemia blood in stool became visible or stool became dark or rectal bleeding has started am I right?

When colon cancer reach a level that causes anemia blood in stool became visible or stool became dark or rectal bleeding has started am I right?

Not necessarily: Slow bleeding from colon cancer can lead to anemia, without visible blood or black tarry stools. More often than not, anemia is the presenting symptom, especially for right sided colon cancers. ...Read more

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Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Yes you can: Use a dose (17 gm packets) daily, but also recommend you start taking supplemental fiber (like metamucil or equivalent) along with. This will help you be more regular naturally. Once you feel you have "cleaned out" somewhat - stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) but continue the fiber on a daily basis. Also try warm soaks on your hemorrhoids, and topical creams with steroid (hc) may help, too. ...Read more

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How serious is rectal bleeding?

How serious is rectal bleeding?

Rectal bleeding: Rectal bleeding is often due to hemorrhoids. However, there are other causes that are very serious including cancer. In general, rectal bleeding should be discussed with your doctor and perhaps be consulted for a colonoscopy, especially if you are near the age of 50. http://www. Laendo. Net/english/gastrointestinal-bleeding. ...Read more

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What does rectal bleeding mean?

Depends: If you are having persistent bleeding from your rectum, you need to get it checked. While hemorrhoids are a common cause of rectal bleeding, your physician may decide to pursue other diagnoses. Getting a full history and physical exam will guide the decision. Are you having symptoms like dizziness or passing out? Is the blood bright red or dark? These are questions that need to be answered. ...Read more

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What can cause rectal bleeding?

What can cause rectal bleeding?

Many possibilities: Hemorrhoid, anal fissure, anal fistula, draining peri-rectal abscess, colitis, colon polyps, bleeding stomach ulcers, bleeding colon diverticula, colon vascular malformation, colon or rectal cancer, and maybe others. ...Read more

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What can cause rectal bleeding?

Numerous: From hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulae, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulosis, to polyps, tumors benign or malignant. Also meckel's diverticulum, and upper GI sources such as ulcers and gastritis and tumors benign or malignant. No bleeding is normal. Get properly evaluated by a GI doctor or colorectal surgeon or at least by your primary care doctor. Do not ignore rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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What could cause rectal bleeding?

What could cause rectal bleeding?

Many things: Many things can cause rectal bleeding. The one we worry about most is cancer. Anyone with rectal bleeding needs to see a doctor to evaluate it further. ...Read more

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