Causes of Rectal Bleeding

Find out what might be causing your rectal bleeding and if you should see a doctor.

Sure, we know this isn’t a topic you probably like talking about but it’s important that you don’t just ignore this issue if it comes up. After all, rectal bleedingit can be rather unnerving to find blood on your toilet paper or even in your stool. From the office of our Hillsborough, NJ, gastroenterologist Dr. Anubha Sinha, find out what might be going on and whether it warrants a trip to our office.

What can cause rectal bleeding?

There are quite a few reasons why this problem might be happening. Some causes include,

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Constipation
  • Anal fissures
  • Colon polyps
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • A rectal ulcer
  • Proctitis (rectal inflammation)
  • Diverticulosis
  • Colon cancer

When should I see a doctor?

It’s a good idea to give our Hillsborough, NJ, GI doctor a call if you are experiencing rectal bleeding that doesn’t go away after a day or two. If the bleeding is worrisome it’s also best to play it safe and give us a call. If rectal bleeding is serious or if you are also experiencing severe stomach cramps you should turn to us for care as soon as possible. Based on your symptoms we will decide whether you should come in right away or if we can schedule an appointment in the coming days.

Your age is a factor we will also take into consideration when it comes to whether or not you should take time to monitor the issue or whether you require immediate care. For example, those under 40 years old who experience rectal bleeding are often dealing with a minor issue such as hemorrhoids; however, patients over 40 years old who are dealing with rectal bleeding may require a colonoscopy to rule out certain causes such as colon polyps or cancer.

What should I expect when I come in for a checkup?

When you come in for an evaluation there are several diagnostic options that we can choose from depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. We will ask you certain questions regarding your rectal bleeding to determine which tests to perform. Some diagnostic tests include:

  • Rectal examination
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Anoscope
  • Blood test

Once we determine what’s causing the bleeding we can discuss your treatment options with you.

If you are dealing with rectal bleeding or other gastrointestinal issues in Hillsborough or Flemington, NJ, then it’s time to turn to the medical team at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists to find out what’s going on. Call us today!

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