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My wife has rectal bleeding that comes and goes. She went to a nurse practitioner and found no hemmorhoids. What could cause this?

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Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine
11 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

There are multiple causes of rectal bleeding with the most common being hemorrhoids.
Other causes can include colon polyps and colon tumors. Confirming that the blood is from the rectum (and not vagina), i would definitely recommend consideration for referral for colonoscopy for further evaluation. Rectal bleeding at any age should be fully evaluated.

In brief: Depends

There are multiple causes of rectal bleeding with the most common being hemorrhoids.
Other causes can include colon polyps and colon tumors. Confirming that the blood is from the rectum (and not vagina), i would definitely recommend consideration for referral for colonoscopy for further evaluation. Rectal bleeding at any age should be fully evaluated.
Dr. Jason Campbell
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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Go see GI

If there is no evidence of hemorrhoids.
..It is time to go see GI and let them take a look. She may need to be scoped to look for sources of the bleeding. More than likely it is benign, but it is worth getting it checked to know for sure.

In brief: Go see GI

If there is no evidence of hemorrhoids.
..It is time to go see GI and let them take a look. She may need to be scoped to look for sources of the bleeding. More than likely it is benign, but it is worth getting it checked to know for sure.
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Dr. Douglas McNeill
Family Medicine

In brief: Several things

Hard stools may cause intermittent rectal bleeding from a split in the anus, a fissure.
Intermittent bleeding, however, may be a sign of inflammatory bowel disease or colon or rectal cancer. These would be serious. Have another visit and ask for a consideration of other things.

In brief: Several things

Hard stools may cause intermittent rectal bleeding from a split in the anus, a fissure.
Intermittent bleeding, however, may be a sign of inflammatory bowel disease or colon or rectal cancer. These would be serious. Have another visit and ask for a consideration of other things.
Dr. Douglas McNeill
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