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Rectal bleeding

Also known as Bright Red Blood Per Rectum and BRBPR

Rectal bleeding can refer to:

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of rectal bleeding are rectal disorder, hemorrhoids, and gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Other possible causes, such as noninfectious gastroenteritis, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

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

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with rectal bleeding include docusate (colace), midazolam (versed), psyllium, pramoxine topical, hydrocortisone-pramoxine topical, diatrizoate, mesalamine (asacol), methylcellulose (citrucel), sulfasalazine, glycerin (fleet), thiopental (pentothal), flumazenil and abacavir / lamivudine / zidovudine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for rectal bleeding include age 75+ years.

Age

< 1 years
0.3x
1-4 years
0.1x
5-14 years
0.2x
15-29 years
0.9x
30-44 years
1.1x
45-59 years
1.4x
60-74 years
1.1x
75+ years
1.9x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

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