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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Painful anal bleeding

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Painful Rectal Bleeding

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced painful rectal bleeding. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Hemorrhoids

    Hemorrhoids are a very common condition that affects more 50% of the population, typically after the age of 30. Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in the anus that can bleed or clot.

    Chronic and can worsen with time. But, 90% of people are successfully managed with non-surgical treatments.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constipation, rectal pain, rectal bleeding, pain when passing stools, anal itching
    Symptoms that never occur with hemorrhoids:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding

    The digestive, or gastrointestinal (GI), tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus. Lower gastrointestinal bleeding refers to internal bleeding from the large intestine, rectum, or anus, usually caused by hemorrhoids, ischemic bowel disease, or inflammatory bowel disease.

    Bleeding may stop by itself in 85% of patients, but sometimes this condition is life-threatening.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    rectal bleeding, severe rectal bleeding, moderate rectal bleeding
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  3. 3.Anal Fissure

    Anal fissures are splits or tears in the part of the anus closest outside of the body. They're very common and typically affect the young and middle-aged and both genders, equally. 11% of people will have an anal fissure in their lifetime.

    Conservative treatment leads to 50% healing rate. More aggressive treatments are needed for those with chronic anal fissures.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rectal pain, pain when passing stools, painful rectal bleeding, hard stools, mild rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that never occur with anal fissure:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Chronic Anal Fissure

    Anal fissures are splits or tears in the part of the anus closest outside of the body. They're very common and typically affect the young and middle-aged and both genders, equally. 11% of people will have an anal fissure in their lifetime.

    60% of people will heal with the pain-relieving cream. 30% will require a surgical option.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    rectal pain, pain when passing stools, painful rectal bleeding, hard stools, mild rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic anal fissure:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Rectal Bleeding

  • Q.Have you had any changes in your weight?
  • Q.Do you have a history of constipation?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer?
  • Q.Do your symptoms worsen when sitting?

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Painful Rectal Bleeding Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced painful rectal bleeding have also experienced:

    • 6% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 5% Rectal Pain
    • 5% Constipation
  • People who have experienced painful rectal bleeding had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Less Than a Day
    • 29% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced painful rectal bleeding were most often matched with:

    • 77% Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding
    • 11% Hemorrhoids
    • 11% Anal Fissure
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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