Rectal Bleeding (cont.)
Rectal Bleeding Follow-up
Follow-up of treatment for rectal bleeding, especially if there are causes that resulted in heavy bleeding is
See the doctor as scheduled.
Take all prescribed medications as directed.
Any signs of continued rectal bleeding should be watched closely and will likely require re-evaluation.
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.
Last Editorial Review: 7/24/2015
Penner, R.M. BSc, MD, FRCPC, MSc, et al. "Patient information: Blood in the stool (rectal bleeding) in adults (Beyond the Basics)." UpToDate. Aut 19, 2013.
Kitagawa, S. MD. et al. "Intussusception in Children." UpToDate Apr 6, 2015
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