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What causes bleeding through the rectum?

hi.i am ruchi.my grandmother is admitted in hospital( delhi..india).she he 78 years old lady. she is suffering from bleeding through her motion way since last 1 and half month.docters has taken these test.endoscopy,whole enjo abdomen.but reports are normal.

they are not clear about the reason.but they are telling us that there may be a infection in small intestine.they tell us there is a wain which is leaking in intestine.but they are nt sure abt it.they want to do operation but because of her age chances are very less.she is very weak.nw situation is very critical.she is on ventilator.doctors are giving blood and blood coming out...doctors said take grandmother to home.no solution for her.we are all very helpless please help me suggest me what should we do?please
Thu, 27 Nov 2014
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hello and welcome..
this condition is. called hematochezia..and mostly the bleeding is from small intestine,large intestine and rectum but in rare condition say 15% is from upper gastrointestinal tract
as you said that the investigation are normal ..it points to the rare cause of the bleeding which are very common in old age.bleeding from mesenteric vessels and for its diagnosis mesenteric angiography is done to locate the site of bleeding...
and then the surgical options are considered.as you sad that she is continuously bleeding and is in ICU so at the moment she is not suitable for surgery. once she is stable then the surgeons can think about the surgery BUT it will be a high risk surgery with little chanse of success so it's in to you what to decide...
hope thus is the answer
thanks
bye.
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What causes bleeding through the rectum?

hello and welcome.. this condition is. called hematochezia..and mostly the bleeding is from small intestine,large intestine and rectum but in rare condition say 15% is from upper gastrointestinal tract as you said that the investigation are normal ..it points to the rare cause of the bleeding which are very common in old age.bleeding from mesenteric vessels and for its diagnosis mesenteric angiography is done to locate the site of bleeding... and then the surgical options are considered.as you sad that she is continuously bleeding and is in ICU so at the moment she is not suitable for surgery. once she is stable then the surgeons can think about the surgery BUT it will be a high risk surgery with little chanse of success so it s in to you what to decide... hope thus is the answer thanks bye.