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Rectal disorder

Also known as Rectal Disease

The rectum is the lower part of your large intestine where your body stores stool. Problems with rectum are common. They include hemorrhoids, abscesses, incontinence and cancer.

Many people are embarrassed to talk about rectal troubles. But seeing your doctor about problems in this area is important. This is especially true if you have pain or bleeding. Treatments vary widely depending on the particular problem.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Source: MedlinePlus

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with rectal disorder, 86% report having rectal bleeding, 67% report having blood in stool, and 61% report having pain of the anus. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of rectal disorder are rectal bleeding, blood in stool, pain of the anus, melena, and itching of the anus, although you may still have rectal disorder without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with rectal disorder often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, rectal examination, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy, glucose measurement, electrolytes panel, kidney function tests and intravenous fluid replacement .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with rectal disorder include psyllium, hydrocortisone-pramoxine topical, mesalamine (asacol), sodium phosphate / sodium phosphate, monobasic, magnesium citrate, mebendazole, polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes, methylcellulose (citrucel), fosamprenavir (lexiva), docusate / sennosides, usp, barium sulfate, bendroflumethiazide / nadolol and benzocaine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for rectal disorder include .

Age

< 1 years
0.4x
1-4 years
0.2x
5-14 years
0.4x
15-29 years
0.9x
30-44 years
1.2x
45-59 years
1.5x
60-74 years
0.9x
75+ years
1.2x

Sex

Male
1.2x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
1.0x
Other
0.8x
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