Bleeding when Defecating
Bleeding during a bowel movement, there may be fresh blood at the end of passing stools or you may witness blood on the tissue, it is usually painful. Sometimes the amount of blood is so small that it will only be detected by a fecal occult test (which checks for hidden blood in the stool).
About Bleeding when Defecating
Bleeding when defecating can be bright red, maroon in color or occult (not visible to the naked eye). Causes of bleeding once defecating range from harmless, annoying conditions of the gastrointestinal tract like hemorrhoids and anal tears (anal fissures) from straining against hard stools with constipation to serious conditions like cancer. Blood in the stool should be evaluated by a health care professional and the blood is found only by testing the stool for blood (fecal occult blood testing) in the laboratory. Occult bleeding has many of the same causes as rectal bleeding and may result in the same symptoms like rectal bleeding and it is often associated with anemia that is due to loss of iron along with the blood.
Signs and Symptoms of Fresh Blood in the Stool
Bright red blood present in or on the stool
Pain in the stomach, lower abdomen, rectum, or back
Change in stool color to black, red, or maroon
Stool test positive for occult blood loss (blood may present, but you cannot see it)
Fainting, palpitations or rapid heartbeat
When to see a doctor for Bleeding when Defecating
Unless you know the blood in your stool is coming from hemorrhoids and the bleeding isn't continuous nor will it cause any faintness or weakness, all signs of rectal bleeding, including bloody mucus in stool, should be reported to our doctor.
Our doctor at Heng Kang clinic will need to examine you and determine if you are passing fresh (red) blood or old (dark or tarry) blood. The amount of blood you are passing is also important. Other things our doctor will ask about are how long you’ve been passing blood and if you have any other symptoms or are otherwise feeling unwell.
Treatment for Bleeding when Defecating
Most patients only pass from a couple of drops to a spoonful of blood in their stool, which is referred to as gentle rectal bleeding. Usually, mild rectal bleeding will be evaluated and treated in the doctor’s office and doesn't require urgent treatment or hospitalization.
In other cases, patients report repeatedly passing larger quantities of blood which will be accompanied by blood clots. This moderate to severe rectal bleeding can deplete blood supply, causing weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness or fainting.
Treatment for blood in the stool depends upon the symptoms and cause of the bleeding in the stool. Heng Kang clinic is dedicated to providing excellent medical care and service for our patients. Seek immediate consultation and assistance to our trusted clinic which specializes in health conditions like this. In Manila, the leading and well-known clinic is located at Binondo. Heng Kang Diagnostics and Medical Clinic offer a variety of health care services through the help of highly qualified professionals, their service is made convenient to the patients through the social media platform like this. Online and appointments are available. Our patient-friendly representatives will gladly assist you, your health is our priority.
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