Anal/Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding describes any blood that passes through your anus – it is assumed to be blood that is present in your lower colon or rectum.

What is rectal bleeding?

Rectal bleeding refers to the presence of blood that is passed from the anus. It is commonly associated with blood originating from the lower part of the large intestine, specifically the colon and rectum. The blood is typically bright red in color, although it can occasionally be darker. Rectal bleeding may be visible in the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl. If you have noticed rectal bleeding, it is important to reach out to our specialists at The Gut Clinic UK. We will assess the issue and provide appropriate evaluation and treatment.

What are the causes of rectal bleeding?

Rectal bleeding can occur for various reasons. If you have experienced bleeding from the anus and are uncertain about the cause, it is important to schedule an appointment with a GI physician. Some common causes of rectal bleeding include:

– Anal fissure: A small tear in the lining of the anal canal.
– Diverticulosis: The formation of bulging pouches on the wall of the intestine.
– Constipation: Difficulty passing stools, which can lead to straining and subsequent bleeding.
– Hemorrhoids: Swollen blood vessels in the rectum or anus.
– Hard stools: Passage of hard and dry stools, causing irritation and bleeding.
– Colon polyps: Abnormal growths in the colon lining that can bleed.

Our team specializes in treating patients with rectal bleeding and can accurately diagnose the underlying cause. We understand the discomfort this condition can cause, and we are dedicated to finding a solution as quickly as possible.

How is rectal bleeding treated?

Treating rectal bleeding depends on its severity. If the bleeding is caused by conditions like an anal fissure or hemorrhoids, you might be advised to use over-the-counter ointments or suppositories. In more severe cases of rectal bleeding, you may need IV fluids or a blood transfusion if there is significant blood loss. It is crucial to schedule an appointment with a specialist to ensure you receive the appropriate solution for your specific needs.