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Rectal diseases

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The rectum is the lower part of the large intestine where the body stores faeces (‘poo’).

Rectal problems include heamorrhoids, fissures, abscesses and incontinence. Cancer can affect the rectum. Pain or bleeding are signs that need medical attention. Treatments vary widely depending on the particular problem. Follow the links below to find trusted information about rectal diseases.

Last reviewed: February 2014

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Rectal Bleeding (Haematochezia) | myVMC

Rectal bleeding, also known as haematochezia, refers to the passage of bright blood (often mixed with clots or stools) via the rectum. Rectal bleeding can be due to bleeding from anywhere in the lower gastrointestinal tract namely the colon, rectum or anus.

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Anal bleeding (bleeding from the anus) information | myVMC

Anal bleeding may be caused by haemorrhoids or anal fissures ,or serious diseases like bowel cancer. Serious anal bleeding requires medical investigation.

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Rectocele - Better Health Channel

A rectocele is when the rectum protrudes into the vagina.

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Haemorrhoids (piles; hemorrhoids) information | myVMC

Haemorrhoids or piles are abnormalities of the anal cushions, which supply blood to the anus and help it to close. They may cause anal bleeding.

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Ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel disease) information | myVMC

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the large intestine which causes rectal bleeding and altered bowel patterns.

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Colifoam Rectal Foam - myDr.com.au

Colifoam Rectal Foam - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

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Digital Rectal Examination | myVMC

A digital rectal examination (DRE) is an important element of a clinical examination, performed by a doctor or nurse. It is a direct examination of the rectum and nearby organs, including the anal canal, prostate and bladder. While it can be uncomfortable, a DRE is critical to identifying illnesses such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis (infection of the prostate), haemorrhoids, anal fissures, prostate cancer and anal and rectal cancers.

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Rare Cancers Australia - Directory - Rectal Cancer

Rare Cancers Australia is a charity whose purpose is to improve the lives and health outcomes of Australians living with a rare or less common cancer.

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Rare Cancers Australia - Directory - Colon and Rectal Cancer

Rare Cancers Australia is a charity whose purpose is to improve the lives and health outcomes of Australians living with a rare or less common cancer.

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Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

Lymphogranuloma venereum, or LGV, is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The bacteria that cause LGV are rare types of Chlamydia. LGV infection is a more contagious disease than common chlamydia infection.

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