Rectal Bleeding (cont.)
Rectal Bleeding Prognosis
The majority of people with significant rectal bleeding are elderly. Members of this population commonly have many other medical problems. As a result, they tend to suffer increased rates of illness and death.
- In recent years, death from rectal bleeding has significantly decreased. This reduction is due to more efficient emergency departments, recent advances in procedures, and evolving surgical management.
- The majority of complications from rectal bleeding occur when large amounts of blood have been lost.
- The areas causing acute rectal bleeding
may rebleed. This underscores the need for making a definitive diagnosis and in discovering the source of the bleeding so that the corrective actions may be made.
- Rectal bleeding with symptoms of weakness, dizziness,
or fainting is associated with at least 1 liter (2 pints) of blood lost
is a medical emergency. Seek medical care
immediately. Sudden loss of 2 liters (4.2
pints) or more of blood can be dangerous, if not fatal.
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