Rectal Bleeding

Bleeding from the back passage (rectum) is a relatively common symptom and may simply be a sign of piles (haemorrhoids) or a fissure (split) in the lining. It can however be a sign of more serious problems and should be investigated promptly, particularly when it is a new feature, when it is dark red or associated with a change in bower habit or feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation. New onset rectal bleeding over the age of 45 should always be investigated.

A simple examination may put your mind at rest and may be followed by a colonoscopy (camera examination) where indicated.