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

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2 Potential Painful Rectal Bleeding Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.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

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  2. 2.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.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), like Crohn's or Ulcerative colitis?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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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)
    • 4% Constipation
    • 4% Rectal Pain
  • 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:

    • 19% Anal Fissure
    • 4% Chronic 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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