Rectal bleeding generally refers to blood that passes out of the anus. While it is typically the result of a source of bleeding from the lower colon or rectum (the last few inches of the large intestine), it can also come from the upper GI tract such as the stomach or small intestine.
During rectal bleeding, the blood can range in color from bright red to a dark, almost black hue with the consistency of tar (known as melena). The color and consistency depends on where the blood is coming from within the intestines.
Patients should seek immediate medical attention if:
Rectal bleeding may be a symptom of:
Treatment for rectal bleeding depends on the cause of the bleed.
Following a physical exam that includes checking vitals and assessing the abdomen and anus, the physician may perform diagnostic tests to determine the source of the bleed.
These tests may include the following:
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