Rectal Bleeding Overview
The rectum is the last portion of the large bowel that ends just before the anus. Bleeding from this area can be mild or serious, even life-threatening. The presence of rectal bleeding must be carefully checked because it indicates something is wrong.
Rectal Bleeding Causes
There are a variety of causes of rectal bleeding. Common causes include hemorrhoids, anal fissure, diverticulosis, infection, inflammation (IBD, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), angiodysplasia. Other causes of rectal bleeding include polyps, tumors, trauma, an upper gastrointestinal source, and Meckel diverticulum (a rare condition that occurs in less than 2% of the population.)
Dedra R Tolson, MD
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