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. The severity of rectal bleeding varies widely.
An anal fissure is a common condition where there is a painful tear in the lining of the anus, the backside opening where feces is excreted. It is often described as feeling like passing broken glass. Typical anal fissure symptoms are a sensation of tearing, ripping or burning and usually a small amount of bright red bleeding during and after a bowel movement. While the condition can be very painful, it is not usually serious.
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