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Light pink bleeding post bowel movements, constipation. Medical history of diabetes. Cure for constipation?

Lately, my 54 yr. old sister is concerned because after a bowel movement , there is light pink blood on toilet paper. She is diabetic and usually has easy bowel movements, but as of late she s had some constipation problems. She s very concerned and will see her primary care doctor later this week. Please give me some info that might ease her mind right now. Thank you.
Asked On : Thu, 14 Jun 2012
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Thanks for the question.

There are many cause of such rectal bleed and bleed can occur from different sites of GIT. the usual causes are anal fissure,haemorroids,polyps, colitis/proctitis and cancer. Even blood coagulations and some medications can cause such bleeding.

Before treatment is started cause and site of the bleed has to determined and then only a specific treatment can be proposed. usually treatment is directed towards stopping bleeding and preventing rebleeding.

If sometimes bleeding is chronic then you may need evaluation for hemoglobin. I think most likely cause in your case is bleeding through lower GIT as blood is fresh that is red/pink in color.

I strongly suggest you to get a clinical evaluation done by a doctor, who will locate site of bleed and its likely cause. Investigations like colonoscopy ,sonogram and scan may also be needed. The issue can be serious if the bleeding increase or leads to anemia.

Hope this answers your question.

Answered: Thu, 14 Jun 2012
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