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Rectal Bleeding (cont.)

Rectal Bleeding Symptoms

  • Rectal pain
  • Bright red blood present in or on the stool
  • Change in stool color to black, red, or maroon
  • Stool test positive for occult blood loss (blood may present, but you cannot see it)
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness
  • Fainting, palpitations or rapid heartbeat

Rectal Bleeding in Children

Rectal bleeding in small children should be taken seriously. Some children may require admission to the hospital and evaluation by a surgeon.

Intussusception: This condition occurs when the bowel folds in upon itself. It is the most common cause of intestinal obstruction and rectal bleeding in children up to 36 months years. A majority of cases occur within the first year of life.

The three cardinal symptoms are:

  1. intermittent abdominal pains,
  2. vomiting, and
  3. rectal bleeding.

However, these are not always present. Admission to the hospital is warranted because observation, further imaging tests, and surgery may be required.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/24/2015

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