What are the symptoms of rectal bleeding?
Rectal bleeding is a symptom of a disease originating in the digestive tract. A number of different conditions can cause bleeding. Many causes of bleeding are related to conditions that can be cured or controlled, such as ulcers or hemorrhoids. Some causes of bleeding may be life threatening.
Symptoms of rectal bleeding
You may experience rectal bleeding symptoms daily or just once in a while. Symptoms that may occur with rectal bleeding include:
- Abdominal pain
- Blood-streaked stools
- Bloody stool (blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
- Lump or mass in the rectum or anus
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Unintentional weight loss
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, rectal bleeding can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have rectal bleeding along with any of these life-threatening symptoms including:
- Change in level of consciousness or alertness such as passing out or unresponsiveness
- Respiratory or breathing problems such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking
- Severe abdominal pain
- Vomiting blood or black material resembling coffee grounds
- Weakness (loss of strength)
What is rectal bleeding?
Rectal bleeding indicates the passage of blood from the anus. The bleeding may arise from any part of the gastrointestinal tract, including the rectum. Therefore, rectal bleeding can be caused by any number of gastrointestinal difficulties. Typically, bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract manifests as black or tarry stool known as melena. The black color develops because of chemic... Read more about rectal bleeding introduction
What causes rectal bleeding?
Rectal bleeding can be the result of any condition of the digestive tract, particularly the lower gastrointestinal organs. The rectum itself may bleed due to hemorrhoids or anal fissures. Other common causes for rectal bleeding include inflammation or infection of the colon or weakening of the intestinal blood vessels.... Read more about rectal bleeding causes
How is rectal bleeding treated?
Treatment for rectal bleeding begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider. Diagnostic procedures, such as endoscopy, colonoscopy or angiography, may be done to pinpoint the source of the bleeding.... Read more about rectal bleeding treatments