Although rectal bleeding is common, only about one-third of those affected seek treatment. Symptoms usually develop quickly, and most causes are treatable and not serious. In some cases, rectal bleeding can be a symptom of a serious disease, such as colorectal cancer. Therefore, all rectal bleeding should be reported to the primary care physician. He or she can do a rectal examination or order tests like a colonoscopy to determine the cause of the bleeding. Rectal bleeding can be caused by:.
Rectal Bleeding: Possible Causes
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Bleeding from the bottom (rectal bleeding)
Make an appointment to see your doctor if you have rectal bleeding that lasts more than a day or two, or earlier if the bleeding worries you. Generally, people younger than 40 who whose rectal bleeding is from an obvious cause, such as hemorrhoids, don't need testing. However, many doctors recommend tests such as a colonoscopy for people older than 40 to rule out any possibility of also having cancer that's contributing to the bleeding. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Advertising revenue supports our not-for-profit mission.
The lack of an obvious cause, and the absence of a physical abnormality in the gut stomach, esophagus, and intestines are features common to all the functional gastrointestinal GI disorders. While these disorders are more common than structural diseases, they are not life threatening. However, they often impair quality of life.