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Posts for: February, 2016

By Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates
February 22, 2016
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Rectal Bleeding  

Minor rectal bleeding, which is described as droplets of bright red blood in the stool or on toilet paper after a bowel movement, can be caused by several situations. While occasional minor rectal bleeding is not necessarily a sign of a serious problem, it is important to Hermorroidsmonitor, and consult with a doctor if bleeding becomes persistent and heavier, in order to find the cause as quickly as possible.

Common Causes of Minor Rectal Bleeding

The doctors at Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates, Specialists in Digestive and Liver Diseases in Suffolk County, are here to identify the most common causes of blood in the stool and after a bowel movement as:

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are the leading cause of minor rectal bleeding. They result from swelling of blood vessels in the anus and rectum. While some hemorrhoids can be painful and cause discomfort, they do not pose a danger to overall health and are not associated with colorectal cancer. Most cases either resolve on their own, or can be treated with topical creams and ointments.

Anal Fissures

Fissures are small tears in the lining of the rectum that can develop from straining during constipation, as well as cases of extreme diarrhea. In additional to minor bleeding, they can also be very painful, but do not pose a threat to general health and are not related to colorectal cancer or more serious conditions of the digestive system.

Proctitis

Inflammation of the rectal lining can cause pain and minor bleeding. Proctitis can be a sign of inflammatory bowel disease, but can also result from an infection, or as a side effect of radiation treatment or certain medications.

Rectal ulcers

Although rare, rectal ulcers can result from chronic constipation and straining during bowel movements.

Polyps

Polyps are small growths inside the lining of the bowel and colon (large intestine). Although the polyps are benign, they can potentially develop into colon cancer, and should be removed when they are found.

Colorectal Cancer

The second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, this form of cancer can be extremely treatable when caught early. A diagnostic test known as a colonoscopy can detect the presence of polyps, and remove them once they are found. Colon cancer treatment varies depending on when it is diagnosed, and the general health and personal factors of each patient.

Gastroenterologist in Suffolk County

It is important to monitor and seek medical attention for new or worsening symptoms. If you are experiencing rectal bleeding or other symptoms, contact Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County at (631) 289-0300 to schedule an appointment today.