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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Painless bleeding when pooping

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Painless Rectal Bleeding

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced painless 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.Chronic or Recurrent Hemorrhoids

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

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

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rectal bleeding, rectal pain, pain when passing stools, anal itching, painless rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic or recurrent hemorrhoids:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.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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  4. 4.Colonic Neoplasm

    Colonic neoplasm is a disorder of the large intestine. It often causes abdominal pain, cramping, changes in bowel habits, and fatigue.

    The treatment & prognosis for colonic neoplasm are variable and dependent on the disease severity.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, stomach bloating, stool changes, diarrhea, constipation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Chronic Constipation

    Constipation is a very common condition affecting the large intestine. It is characterized by difficulty passing stool, or passing stool less often. Commonly it is linked to not eating enough dietary fiber, not drinking enough fluids, or not getting enough exercise. Some medications can cause constipation as well.

    Variable

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pain when passing stools, rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic constipation:
    constipation
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic constipation:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Hamartomatous

    Genetic gastrointestinal issue that increases the number of polyps in the gastrointestinal tract

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, constipation, general abdominal pain, fatigue, rectal bleeding
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Diverticulosis

    Diverticulosis is a condition where small pouches bulge outward through the large intestine (colon). It increases with age, with up to 50% of people over the age of 60 having developed it. Most people don't have symptoms. Eating fiber is shown to reduce the risk of diverticulosis, with vegetarians reducing their risk by half.

    Diverticulosis does not typically go away; however, the risk of complications can be reduced with a better diet

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, incomplete evacuation of stools
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painless 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 you currently smoke?

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Painless Rectal Bleeding Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 10% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 5% Rectal Bleeding
    • 4% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced painless rectal bleeding had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 77% Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding
    • 11% Hemorrhoids
    • 11% Chronic or Recurrent Hemorrhoids
  • 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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