Rectal Bleeding Specialist

Bay Ridge Endoscopy PLLC

Maher Almoudarres, M.D.

Gastroenterologist located in Brooklyn, New York, NY

Rectal bleeding can be scary, but it definitely shouldn’t be ignored. Dr. Maher Almoudarres is a gastroenterologist with over 20 years of experience diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal disorders for his patients in the Brooklyn community of New York City. Dr. Almoudarres works with you to evaluate your symptoms, diagnose your condition, and manage your digestive disorder. If you’re experiencing rectal bleeding, call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online today to learn more.

Rectal Bleeding Q & A

What is rectal bleeding?

Blood in your stool, or rectal bleeding, refers to any kind of blood that passes through your anus. While it’s called rectal bleeding, it can originate in the rectum or other parts of your gastrointestinal tract.

Rectal bleeding can vary in color from bright red or maroon to black. Blood can also be present that is not visible to the human eye.

You don’t always experience pain or discomfort with rectal bleeding, but additional symptoms might be present such as diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

What causes rectal bleeding?

Bleeding can occur for a variety of reasons in several areas of the intestinal tract, including the colon, stomach, or small intestine.

There are several causes of rectal bleeding, including:

  • Hemorrhoids: swollen veins near the anus
  • Diverticulosis: inflammation of intestinal diverticula
  • Colitis: inflammation of the colon’s lining
  • Polyps and colon cancer: growths in the colon
  • Anal fissures: tears or cuts in the anus or anal canal tissue

The amount of blood passed with rectal bleeding can vary. In mild cases, you might notice a few spots on your toilet paper after wiping. In other cases, there can be several spoonfuls. If large amounts of blood are passed, you can experience additional complications like dizziness, low blood pressure, anemia, and fainting.

An accurate diagnosis is an important step to outlining a treatment strategy.

How is rectal bleeding diagnosed and treated?

During your appointment, Dr. Almoudarres performs a full physical exam that includes your medical history.

Based on your symptoms, he might choose from a variety of diagnostic testing options to determine the cause of your rectal bleeding, including:

  • Anoscopy: a small device inserted into the anus to check anal and rectal tissues
  • Colonoscopy: exploration of the inside of the large intestine with a small camera inserted into the anus
  • Upper endoscopy: a camera is inserted orally to examine the upper digestive tract, including the stomach and small intestine

Dr. Almoudarres might also recommend blood tests to look for inflammation and to identify other health conditions. Stool testing might also be done.

Effectively treating rectal bleeding is about diagnosing its cause. For example, if polyps are found, Dr. Almoudarres removes the polyp.

To diagnose and treat your rectal bleeding, Dr. Almoudarres conducts an extensive exam to then recommend the best treatment plan for your conditions. Call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online today.