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Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleeding

Broadly, this gastrointestinal bleeding refers to any blood passing through the GI tract. It can occur as visible blood, or “invisible” or occult blood which is only found when detected via a stool sample placed on a special card.

Potential Causes of Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding is never a normal occurrence. Potential causes for bleeding include benign conditions such as, hemorrhoids, anal fissures (tears), or more dangerous disorders such as stomach or colon cancer and bleeding ulcers.

Diagnosing and Treating Rectal Bleeding

Unlike other conditions which can be diagnosed with different types of evaluation, bleeding often requires the direct examination of the GI tract with an endoscopy, colonoscopy or a more limited test, called a sigmoidoscopy. They each use a thin, lighted tube to help examine the intestinal walls, and have the ability to both diagnose and treat conditions at the same setting.

Occasionally, when the source of the bleeding is difficult to identify, capsule examination may be advised. This state of the art technology uses a picture taking capsule, the size of the multivitamin, which after swallowed continues to take pictures for eight hours, this enables us to examine parts of the intestine not able to be examined with more conventional instruments.

At Putnam Gastroenterology, our experienced staff of physicians, nurses, and technicians use the most advanced endoscopic tools and techniques to diagnose and treat rectal bleeding.