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Rectal Bleeding services offered in Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Rectal Bleeding services offered in the greater Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ area

Rectal bleeding is common and has many causes, but it isn’t a symptom you should ignore. At Premier Gastro Care in Phoenix, Arizona, Shakti Singh, MD, and the team use advanced diagnostic tools to find and treat the cause of your rectal bleeding. Call the office today or use the online booking button to schedule your consultation. 

What does rectal bleeding look like?

Rectal bleeding may not look the same for everyone. For some people, rectal bleeding is fresh blood on the toilet paper after wiping; for others, it’s black or tarry-looking stool. 

However, the appearance of blood in your stool means there’s bleeding somewhere in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The color of your stool and blood helps pinpoint the location of the bleeding. 

Bright red blood

Bright red blood is fresh blood, which means the bleeding is coming from the lower part of your GI tract. 

Dark red or maroon blood

If your rectal bleeding causes dark red- or maroon-colored stool, you may have bleeding in the upper part of your large intestine or somewhere in the small intestine.

Black stool

Black stool, also called melena, means the bleeding is in the stomach. 

Occult rectal bleeding

You can have rectal bleeding and not see any blood in your stool. This is called occult bleeding and is only detectable through a microscope. You may learn you have occult bleeding after a stool test. 

What causes rectal bleeding?

Rectal bleeding can occur from any number of causes, and most aren’t serious health issues. Common causes of rectal bleeding include:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissure
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Diverticulitis
  • Crohn‘s disease
  • Ulcerations
  • Colon cancer
  • Colon polyps

Depending on the cause, you may experience other symptoms with rectal bleeding, like anal pain or itching, abdominal pain, or diarrhea. 

I have hemorrhoids. Do I need an evaluation for rectal bleeding?

Hemorrhoids are a common cause of blood in stool and not a severe health concern. However, you should never self-diagnose the cause of your rectal bleeding, even if you know you have hemorrhoids.

The team at Premier Gastro Care takes a patient-centered approach to care and provides the right diagnosis and treatment plan after a thorough evaluation. They ask detailed questions about your symptoms, bowel habits, and medical history.

They perform a physical exam and may run tests to confirm or rule out a cause that might explain your rectal bleeding. Testing may include bloodwork, stool test, or a colonoscopy. The team may also perform an endoscopy if they suspect the source of blood is in the upper part of your GI tract.

Rectal bleeding is one of the symptoms of colon cancer and not something you should ignore. Call Premier Gastro Care today or book an appointment online to learn what’s causing your rectal bleeding.