Minor rectal bleeding refers to the passage of a few drops of bright red fresh blood from the rectum, which may appear on the stool, on the toilet paper or in the toilet bowl. This brochure addresses minor rectal bleeding that occurs from time to time. Continuous passage of significantly greater amounts of blood from the rectum or stools that appear black, tarry or maroon in color can be caused by other diseases that will not be discussed here. Call your doctor immediately if these more serious conditions occur.
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ASGE | Understanding Minor Rectal Bleeding
Rectal Bleeding Symptom Checker. Take a quiz to find out what might be causing your rectal bleeding. It may be shocking to notice bright red blood in the toilet bowl or on the toilet tissue; however, rectal bleeding is more common than you think. Some causes are serious, but most of the time the bleeding is not dangerous and can be treated .
Rectal Bleeding: Possible Causes
Although rectal bleeding is common, only about one-third of those affected seek treatment. Symptoms usually develop quickly, and most causes are treatable and not serious. In some cases, rectal bleeding can be a symptom of a serious disease, such as colorectal cancer. Therefore, all rectal bleeding should be reported to the primary care physician. He or she can do a rectal examination or order tests like a colonoscopy to determine the cause of the bleeding.