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By Vikram Jayanty, M.D. PA
May 04, 2021
Category: GI Care
Tags: Rectal Bleeding  

Darkened stools or bright red blood on toilet paper are signs of rectal bleeding. The cause could be hemorrhoids, intestinal polyps, or something more serious like colorectal cancer. See a gastroenterologist if you have signs of rectal bleeding. Dr. Vikram Jayanty, the experienced gastroenterologist at the Houston Endoscopy and Research Center in Houston, TX, can diagnose the cause of rectal bleeding and recommend specific treatment options.

Causes of Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding can occur in conjunction with other symptoms, such as pain or pressure in or around the rectum. Bright red blood might be evident in your stool, the toilet, or your underwear. Additionally, stools that are dark red, maroon, or black in color, or that appear tarry are an indication that rectal bleeding has occurred. Rectal bleeding can also be associated with feeling confused, dizzy, or light-headed. Fainting sometimes occurs, as well.

There are many possible causes of rectal bleeding. It is often a symptom of another condition, such as an ulcer or a gastrointestinal disorder. Some common causes of rectal bleeding include:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Ulcers or intestinal polyps
  • Diverticulitis or diverticulosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • A fistula or anal abscess
  • An anal fissure
  • Colorectal cancer

How a Gastroenterologist Can Help

If you are experiencing rectal bleeding, a gastroenterologist can help. Our highly skilled gastroenterology team utilizes several methods and procedures at our practice in Houston, TX, for diagnosing the cause of rectal bleeding. Some of the tests that can be performed include:

  • Stool Tests — A stool sample is collected and examined for blood and abnormal DNA.
  • Sigmoidoscopy — A procedure for examining the lower colon and lining of the rectum using an endoscope that contains a tiny camera for transmitting images to a monitor that can be viewed immediately.
  • Colonoscopy — A procedure for examining the entire colon and rectal lining using a camera-equipped endoscope for transmitting and viewing images in real-time.
  • CT Colonography — Computed tomography (CT) scanning technology is used to scan images of the entire bowel for closer examination.

One or more of these tests might be performed to determine the exact cause of your rectal bleeding. Upon determining the exact cause of the bleeding, the doctor can recommend an appropriate treatment for the bleeding, as well as the underlying medical condition.

If you are experiencing rectal bleeding, we can help. Schedule an appointment with  Dr. Jayanty to learn more about our procedures for diagnosing the cause of your rectal bleeding by calling the Houston Endoscopy and Research Center in Houston, TX,  at (713) 932-9200.

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