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My 82 year old dad fell down and was bleeding from the rectum, what does this mean?

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Dr. Ioana Bina
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Medical attention

Probably the rectal bleeding caused his blood pressure to get low and made him dizzy, hence the fall.
You need to take him to his doctor as soon as possible to be checked. If the bleeding is significant or recurrs, take him to the emergency room.

In brief: Medical attention

Probably the rectal bleeding caused his blood pressure to get low and made him dizzy, hence the fall.
You need to take him to his doctor as soon as possible to be checked. If the bleeding is significant or recurrs, take him to the emergency room.
Dr. Ioana Bina
Dr. Ioana Bina
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: News exam.

Needs to be examined.
Possibilities include injury to hemorroids, or lacerations in the perinatal or colon. He may have diverticulad disease or even a blledin cancer( less likely if fresh blood was present). If the patient is on anticoagulants ( warfarin, pradaxa, plavix)or Aspirin containing medicines ( advil, aleve, (naproxen) aspirin, or others. ( blood thinners) they must be stopped until bleeding stops.

In brief: News exam.

Needs to be examined.
Possibilities include injury to hemorroids, or lacerations in the perinatal or colon. He may have diverticulad disease or even a blledin cancer( less likely if fresh blood was present). If the patient is on anticoagulants ( warfarin, pradaxa, plavix)or Aspirin containing medicines ( advil, aleve, (naproxen) aspirin, or others. ( blood thinners) they must be stopped until bleeding stops.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Karla Groves
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Lower GI bleed

He needs to seek immediate medical attention in the emergency room. A lower gastrointestinal bleed can be life threatening due to severe anemia.
Call an ambulance right away.

In brief: Lower GI bleed

He needs to seek immediate medical attention in the emergency room. A lower gastrointestinal bleed can be life threatening due to severe anemia.
Call an ambulance right away.
Dr. Karla Groves
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Dr. Joseph Hermann
Family Medicine

In brief: Get checked

The only way to know is by direct visualization and/or other specialized testing.
Although probably benign, this could be serious so it's always best to get checked unless you yourself can see the source of the bleeding as it may be an external.

In brief: Get checked

The only way to know is by direct visualization and/or other specialized testing.
Although probably benign, this could be serious so it's always best to get checked unless you yourself can see the source of the bleeding as it may be an external.
Dr. Joseph Hermann
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