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Symptoms of Rectal bleeding

Symptoms of Rectal bleeding: Introduction

The types of symptoms of rectal bleeding and its causes can vary widely. The severity of symptoms can run the gamut from mild to extreme. The presentation of symptoms depends on the cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age of the patient, and other factors.

Rectal bleeding in itself may be bright red to dark red to black in color. Rectal bleeding is often mixed with stool, but it can also flow freely from the rectum without stool. A small smear of blood may be noticeable on toilet paper after wiping. Stool mixed with blood can appear maroon or black with a tarry consistency. Blood may also be hidden in the stool and not visible to the naked eye. This is called fecal occult blood.

Rectal bleeding may occur without any other symptoms. Additional symptoms often involve the gastrointestinal system and can include abdominal pain, bloating, rectal pain, diarrhea, constipation, mucus in the stool, and nausea and vomiting. Depending on the cause of rectal bleeding, other symptoms may include weakness, hypotension, dizziness, falls, fatigue, weight loss, and poor appetite.

Some causes of rectal bleeding, such as perforated peptic ulcer or esophageal varices can lead to serious, even life-threatening complications, such as anemia, uncontrolled hemorrhage, and shock. Rectal bleeding may also be a symptom of colorectal cancer....more about Rectal bleeding »

Symptoms of Rectal bleeding

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