Bleeding unexpectedly from anywhere in your body can be unnerving, especially when it’s from an internal source, as is sometimes the case with rectal bleeding. Dr. Bharat Pothuri is a gastroenterologist in Cypress, North Houston, Texas who, along with his team of skilled medical professionals at GastroDoxs, provides comprehensive care and relief from all types of digestive issues. If you are experiencing rectal bleeding, it may be the sign of a more serious medical condition. Call or schedule an appointment online today. We are located in Greater Houston.
It’s not uncommon to experience occasional rectal bleeding, but persistent, ongoing bleeding can indicate a serious medical condition. There are several reasons you may see blood in your stool, or on the toilet paper after you’ve used the bathroom. Causes of rectal bleeding include:
Hemorrhoids are the most common cause of rectal bleeding, and often develop during pregnancy, or as a result of chronic constipation or obesity. With any of these potential causes, Dr. Pothuri first determines the underlying reasons for the condition so he can offer the most effective treatment options.
Your symptoms may vary depending on the source of the bleeding, and can include:
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience continuous or heavy rectal bleeding that is accompanied by severe abdominal pain and cramping. For occasional rectal bleeding that lasts more than a day or two, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with Dr. Pothuri so he can determine the underlying cause. If you’re over 40, you want to rule out the possibility of colon cancer.
Dr. Pothuri performs a physical exam of your abdomen, rectum, and anus to determine possible sources of the bleeding. He may also order additional diagnostic testing such as blood tests, a colonoscopy, or an endoscopy to see if there is active bleeding anywhere in your digestive tract. Once he discovers the cause of the bleeding, he creates a customized treatment plan so you can get relief.
If your rectal bleeding symptoms are non life-threatening, call or schedule a consultation with Dr. Pothuri. We are located in Greater Houston. Otherwise, visit the nearest emergency center for prompt attention.