Rectal bleeding (known medically as hematochezia) can refer to any blood that passes from your anus. However, rectal or anal bleeding is usually assumed to refer to bleeding from the rectum or your colon. It may show up as blood in your stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl. Blood caused by rectal bleeding from the anus can range from bright red blood in the stool to dark maroon to a dark tarry color.
Rectal bleeding can be a symptom of colorectal or anal cancer, which we can cure if we detect it early. In addition to a complete physical exam and medical history, colonoscopy is the gold standard for visual evaluation of your colon for an accurate diagnosis. It can detect polyps, mass lesions, abnormalities of the intestine lining, and many other causes for your symptoms.
This condition can also occur due to bleeding hemorrhoids, anal fissures, colitis, or other causes amenable to diagnosis and treatment. Disorder higher up in the digestive tract can also lead to bleeding from the anus.
For these reasons, an examination with an experienced gastroenterologist is the first step to identifying the underlying rectal bleeding causes and determining the best hematochezia treatment options. We need to diagnose the cause properly to perform the correct treatment. Common causes of rectal bleeding include internal hemorrhoids bleeding and anal fissures. Along with a thorough physical exam, colonoscopy is the gold standard for visual evaluation of the colon for diagnosis. If we diagnose, detect, and address these diseases early, we can treat them more effectively.
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