Minor rectal bleeding refers to the passage of a few drops of bright red fresh blood from the rectum, which may appear on the stool, on the toilet paper or in the toilet bowl. This brochure addresses minor rectal bleeding that occurs from time to time. Continuous passage of significantly greater amounts of blood from the rectum or stools that appear black, tarry or maroon in color can be caused by other diseases that will not be discussed here. Call your doctor immediately if these more serious conditions occur. Because there are several possible causes for minor rectal bleeding, a complete evaluation and early diagnosis by your doctor is very important.
What Causes Rectal Discharge?
Bleeding from the bottom (rectal bleeding) - NHS
Rectal discharge is intermittent or continuous expression of liquid from the anus per rectum. Normal rectal mucus is needed for proper excretion of waste. Otherwise, this is closely related to types of fecal incontinence e. Types of fecal incontinence that produce a liquid leakage could be thought of as a type of rectal discharge. Different types of discharge are described. Generally "rectal discharge" refers to either a mucous or purulent discharge, but, depending upon what definition of rectal discharge is used, the following could be included:. There are many different types of rectal discharge, but the most common presentation of a discharge is passage of mucus or pus wrapped around an otherwise normal bowel movement.
Rectal Bleeding (Haematochezia)
Rectal bleeding , also known as haematochezia , refers to the passage of bright blood often mixed with clots or stools via the rectum. The rectum is the final 15cm of the colon large intestine where faeces accumulate before being expelled from the body via the anal canal. Rectal bleeding can be due to bleeding from anywhere in the lower gastrointestinal tract namely the colon, rectum or anus. Unfortunately not all these people report their symptoms to their doctors, which is dangerous as a small proportion of rectal bleeding is due to an underlying colorectal carcinoma. The majority of cases, however, will be due to a self-limiting condition affecting the anus or rectum, but it is still important that you see a doctor.
Top of the page Check Your Symptoms. Rectal problems are common. Almost everyone will experience some rectal itching, pain, or bleeding at some time during his or her life. These problems are often minor and may go away on their own or with home treatment.