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Rectal bleeding with no pain?

05/28/2004

Question:

two days ago I noticed I was bleeding through the rectum. doctor prescribed supposotories(cortizon) and zantac and fiber. He said if bleeding continues in 10 days come back. my question is how much bleeding is normal? How do I know that the medication is working. at what point should I continue with more exams?

Answer:

Bleeding is never normal and should always be investigated. You don`t mention your age or other details of your health history- this would help determine whether or not an endoscopic exam would be indicated. Most often, rectal bleeding is due to something benign like hemorrhoids, fissures or proctitis- but until other causes of bleeding (like polyps and tumors) are considered and evaluated they cannot be excluded.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati