What other symptoms might occur with rectal discharge?

Rectal discharge may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Gastrointestinal symptoms that may occur along with rectal discharge

Rectal discharge may accompany other symptoms affecting the gastrointestinal system including:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Abdominal swelling, distention or bloating
  • Bloody stool (blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
  • Burning feeling
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fecal incontinence (inability to control stools)
  • Flatulence
  • Pain, which may be severe, in the abdomen, pelvis, or lower back
  • Urgent need to pass stool
  • Watery diarrhea including multiple episodes

Other symptoms that may occur along with rectal discharge

Rectal discharge may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, rectal discharge may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have rectal discharge along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Bloody stools (blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
  • Drainage of pus from the rectum
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Recurring bouts of watery diarrhea that may include blood or pus in the stool
  • Watery diarrhea including multiple episodes
INTRODUCTION

What is rectal discharge?

Rectal discharge is the release of any discharge from the anus that is not stool or blood. Rectal discharge can occur for many reasons, including anal fissure, anal fistula (an abnormal connection between two organs) or abscess, other infections including sexually transmitted diseases, or chronic inflammatory diseases.

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CAUSES

What causes rectal discharge?

Rectal discharge can occur for many reasons including anal fissure, anal abscess or fistula, other infections, or chronic diseases.

Common causes of rectal discharge

Common causes of rectal discharge include:

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 8, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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