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Rectal Bleeding (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

When rectal bleeding is present with one or more of the following symptoms, call a doctor:

  • Fever
  • Stomach pain or swelling
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Bleeding continues or worsens
  • Recent weight loss
  • Altered bowel habits
  • Severe or prolonged diarrhea
  • Pencil-sized stools, involuntary seepage of stools, or inability to have a bowel movement

If any of these signs and symptoms are present, a visit to the hospital's emergency department is warranted:

  • Black or maroon stools
  • Large volume blood loss
  • Rectal pain or trauma
  • Dizziness, weakness, or fainting spells
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
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