Symptoms and Signs of Rectal Pain

Doctor's Notes on Rectal Pain

Rectal pain is pain that occurs in the lower portion of the gastrointestinal tract (rectum or anus). Rectal pain occurs due to a number of causes, including injury or trauma to the area, sexually-transmitted diseases, muscle spasms, anal fissures, ulcers of the anal lining, hemorrhoids, perirectal abscesses, impaction of feces, or inflammatory bowel disease.

Rectal pain can be associated with many different symptoms, and signs and symptoms depend upon the exact cause. Associated symptoms can include bleeding from the rectum or anus, blood in the stool, redness of the skin around the anus, painful urination or defecation, incontinence of feces, diarrhea, feeling of fullness sin the rectum, itching, or irritation. Some causes of rectal pain can also cause abdominal or pelvic pain as well as vaginal or penile discharge.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019


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