What causes rectal lump?

A rectal lump is most often related to hemorrhoids and anal warts. Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging veins in the anus or rectum. Anal warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease.

Causes of rectal lump

A rectal lump may be caused by common rectal disorders including:

  • Anal warts (human papilloma virus infection)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Perianal or perirectal abscess
  • Rectal or anal cancer or benign tumors

Questions for diagnosing the cause of rectal lump

To diagnose your condition, your doctor or licensed health care practitioner will ask you several questions related to your rectal lump including:

  • When did you first notice the lump?
  • Do you feel one lump or multiple lumps?
  • Is the lump persistent or does it come and go?
  • Do you have any other symptoms?

What are the potential complications of rectal lump?

A rectal lump may be related to hemorrhoids, which will generally resolve with proper self-care measures. A rectal lump may also occur because of anal warts, which is a contagious, sexually transmitted disease. Because a rectal lump can be due to serious diseases, failure to seek treatment can result in serious complications and permanent damage. Once the underlying cause is diagnosed, it is important for you to follow the treatment plan that you and your health care professional design specifically for you to reduce the risk of potential complications including:

  • Severe discomfort or pain
  • Spread of cancer
  • Spread of infection


  1. Hemorrhoids. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. http://www.fascrs.org/patients/conditions/hemorrhoids/.
  2. Anal warts. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. http://www.fascrs.org/patients/conditions/anal_warts/.

What is rectal lump?

A rectal lump is a growth in the inner rectum or rectal area. Rectal lumps can vary in size and the degree to which they produce symptoms. Depending on the underlying cause, a rectal lump may or may not cause any pain.

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What other symptoms might occur with rectal lump?

A rectal lump may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. The symptoms of rectal lump are usually confined to the rectal or anal areas and 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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