Anal/Rectal Bleeding in Dallas, TX
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What is rectal bleeding?
Anal, also called rectal, bleeding describes fresh bleeding that is expelled out of your anus. In the event of rectal bleeding, it is expected to be blood that happens in your lower colon or rectum, even though the anus makes up the bottom part of the colon. This sort of bleeding is generally bright red but may sometimes be a dark wine tone. It could be found in your stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet. In the event that you’ve had anal bleeding, reach out to our GI specialists at Digestive Health Associates of Texas in Dallas, TX so we can evaluate the problem and work to address it.
What does blood in my stool mean?
Blood in the stool means that there is bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract. There are a handful of possible causes of bloody stool. Some of the possible causes are minor issues but it is never a bad idea to contact your gastroenterologist if you are experiencing blood in your stool.
Some of the possible causes of bloody stool are:
- Anal fissure
- Colon polyps
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Colon cancer
If your stool has bright red blood in it, that typically points to an issue lower in the GI tract such as the rectum or anus. If you see darker blood in your stool, that typically means that the bleeding is coming from a location before GI tract like the stomach, small intestine, or colon. If you experience either form of blood in your stool, we urge you to contact our Dallas, TX team today.
What should I do when I see blood in my stool?
Blood in your stool can be a sign of something less serious like hemorrhoids or an anal fissure. However, due to the severity of issues that point to blood in your stool, it is important to contact your gastroenterologist right away. They will be able to diagnose you and the earlier they catch any condition causing blood in the stool the better. At Digestive Health Associates of Texas, our GI specialists work with individuals to identify the root cause of anal or rectal bleeding so we can find a solution that works for you.
Find a specialist that treats anal and rectal bleeding
Blood in the stool could be a sign of anal or rectal bleeding that typically means an issue in the GI tract. If you or a loved one experiences blood in your stool, in the toilet, or on toilet paper, we urge you to contact Digestive Health Associates of Texas so we can help identify the issue and create a solution. Our network of gastroenterologists in Dallas, TX and surrounding areas are known for putting our patients first and helping them find relief. For more information or to find a GI specialist near you, contact our team today.
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