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What is rectal bleeding?

Rectal bleeding is a type of lower GI bleeding. GI stands for gastro-intestinal. The lower GI includes the intestines (bowel) and rectum. The rectum is the last part of the intestine that ends at the anus. The anus is the opening where BM is passed from the body. Rectal bleeding occurs in the rectum.

Rectal bleeding is frequently noticed as black, tarry stools, maroon stools, bright red blood on or in the stool, blood on the toilet tissue, or blood staining the toilet bowl water red. Rectal bleeding usually develops quickly and is commonly associated with abdominal disorders. Most cases of rectal bleeding will warrant a visit to the physician for a complete evaluation. Depending on the source of bleeding (which may be from any part of the gastrointestinal tract), treatment can range from relief of symptoms to antibiotics, blood transfusion, or surgery. Therefore, it is important to locate the source of rectal bleeding so that appropriate treatment can be started and the problem fixed.


More information on rectal bleeding

What is rectal bleeding? - Rectal bleeding is a type of lower GI bleeding. GI stands for gastro-intestinal. The lower GI includes the intestines (bowel) and rectum.
What causes rectal bleeding? - Rectal bleeding is caused by hemorrhoids, fistula, diverticulosis, proctitis and colitis, polyps and cancer, protrusion of the rectum.
How is rectal bleeding diagnosed? - Flexible sigmoidoscopy will be used for the examination of the rectum and sigmoid colon.
What's the treatment for rectal bleeding? - The treatment for rectal bleeding depends on the cause. For simple problems such as fissures and hemorrhoids. 
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