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Suggest treatment for rectal bleeding after a bowel movement

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Posted on Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Question: I had rectal bleeding after a bowel movement. I have notice small amounts of blood before and one time last week there was a significant amount but today more.
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Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Go ahead for colonoscopy.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for the query.
As per the description and the photo, bleeding is from lower parts (colon) that will show as bright red blood.

Have you ever had a colonoscopy done? Even if you have had this test in the last 5 years it might be recommended to repeat it as you are having this bleeding if the stool tests confirm from where are bleeding.

A CBC would be a good test to be done if you suspect bleeding to see if you are developing anaemia as a complication of bleeding and need treatment for it or not.

As you have bright red blood while defecating (passing stools) this might also be due to haemorrhoids which are mostly due to constipation so in meantime please make sure you take extra fibre with diet and drink plenty of water.

if you had any massive rectal bleeding than an urgent visit to a doctor is needed.

I hope this is helpful and answers your questions but please feel free to reply in case any more clarification is needed on this.

Kind regards,


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Suggest treatment for rectal bleeding after a bowel movement

Brief Answer: Go ahead for colonoscopy. Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for the query. As per the description and the photo, bleeding is from lower parts (colon) that will show as bright red blood. Have you ever had a colonoscopy done? Even if you have had this test in the last 5 years it might be recommended to repeat it as you are having this bleeding if the stool tests confirm from where are bleeding. A CBC would be a good test to be done if you suspect bleeding to see if you are developing anaemia as a complication of bleeding and need treatment for it or not. As you have bright red blood while defecating (passing stools) this might also be due to haemorrhoids which are mostly due to constipation so in meantime please make sure you take extra fibre with diet and drink plenty of water. if you had any massive rectal bleeding than an urgent visit to a doctor is needed. I hope this is helpful and answers your questions but please feel free to reply in case any more clarification is needed on this. Kind regards,