Rectal bleeding

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Rectal bleeding
Other names: Rectal hemorrhage
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Rectal bleeding refers to bleeding from the rectum; either on wiping, just after passing stool, or mixed in with it.[1] Common causes include anal fissure and piles.[2] It may occur in proctitis due to chronic inflammatory disease, radiation, ischaemia, infection or prolapse.[2] Its presence requires ruling out rectal cancer.[2]

Diagnosis is usually made by proctoscopy.[2]

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  1. Jawad, Noor; Skinner, Charlotte (2020). "32. Gastroentrology". Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine (10th ed.). Elsevier. p. 1148. ISBN 978-0-7020-7870-5. Archived from the original on 2022-05-06. Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Schwandner, O; Pech, O (1 August 2019). "[Rectal bleeding: easy to overcome or still a challenge in proctology?". Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift fur alle Gebiete der operativen Medizen. 90 (8): 640–647. doi:10.1007/s00104-019-0944-y. ISSN 1433-0385. PMID 30911796. Archived from the original on 8 May 2022. Retrieved 8 May 2022.