Rectal bleeding

Other Names:
Intestinal haemorrhage

Rectal bleeding refers to bleeding in the rectum. There are many causes of rectal hemorrhage, including inflamed hemorrhoids (which are dilated vessels in the perianal fat pads), rectal varices, proctitis (of various causes), stercal ulcers and infections. Diagnosis is usually made by proctoscopy, which is an endoscopic test. Bleeding from the anus is termed anal hemorrhage and is usually superficial in nature.

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Problem Type:
J: Problems Under Consideration
Date of last update
23.04.1999 – 00:00 CEST