Rectal (Anal) Bleeding
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What is rectal bleeding?
Rectal, or anal, bleeding describes any blood that is passed from your anus. With rectal bleeding, it is assumed to be blood that is present in your lower colon or rectum, even though the rectum makes up the lower portion of the large intestine. This type of bleeding is usually bright red but can sometimes be a darker red color. It can show up in one's stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet. If you’ve experienced this type of bleeding, contact our GI doctors at GI Alliance so we can evaluate the problem and fix it.
What are the causes of rectal bleeding?
Rectal bleeding can happen as a result of many different issues. When you’ve experienced anal bleeding and are unsure of the cause, it is important to get scheduled to see a GI physician. Some common causes of rectal bleeding include:
An anal fissure (small tear in the lining of the anal canal)
Diverticulosis (a bulging pouch formed on the intestine wall)
Our team commonly treats patients with rectal bleeding in patients and can properly diagnose the cause of the condition. We know how uncomfortable this condition can make you feel, and we will do everything we can to ensure the solution is found as quickly as possible.
How is rectal bleeding treated?
Rectal bleeding can be treated in stages depending on the severity. For bleeding caused as a result of things like an anal fissure or hemorrhoids, you may be directed to use over-the-counter ointments or suppositories. For more severe rectal bleeding it is possible that you will require IV fluids or a transfusion for extreme blood loss. Regardless, it is important to schedule an appointment at GI Alliance so that you can receive the right solution for your needs.
Reliable solutions for your GI health
Get anal bleeding under control and schedule an appointment in a GI Alliance office today. Our qualified team of gastrointestinal physicians will provide the treatment needed to help solve your GI problems. Reach out to a GI Alliance location near you today to get started.
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