Rectal Bleeding

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

This is bright red blood passed from the anus.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Bleeding from the anus

Possible causes

  • Hemorrhoid

    Commonly known as piles, it is the swelling around the anal area where faeces is excreted from the body. These can be formed inside or outside of the anus. This is due to excessive straining or poor blood flow to the area, and can result in painless bleeding.

  • Hemorrhoids (anal fissure)

    Hemorrhoids or piles, are swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum (last part of the large intestine). It is a common condition which may be caused due to straining during bowel movements or sitting for long periods on the toilet.

  • Rectal polyp

    This refers to small growths at the end of the large intestine, found during colonoscopy. Most are harmless, but some can potentially develop into cancer.

  • Anal polyps

  • Anal pruritus
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Multiple myeloma (MM)
  • Anal cancer

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Are you passing out blood from the anus?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have loose stools or diarrhea?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

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