What is Hematochezia?

Hematochezia can be defined as the passing of blood or blood clots in the feces. It is typically associated with passing blood from the lower gastrointestinal tracts of the body. Chronic or acute hematochezia mainly occurs in older patients, and the mortality rate of lower gastrointestinal bleeding is unfortunately very high. At TransSouth Health Care we urge our patients with any sign or concern to treat this as a medical emergency and seek help immediately.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing the cause of hematochezia is difficult. This makes treatment for lower gastrointestinal bleeding difficult, leading to a higher mortality rate. Fortunately, patient history, known disorders, and overall medical background, as well as progress and development in medical technology, make diagnosis and treatment more plausible and accurate. The technological advances in colonoscopy and arteriography procedures significantly helps in the diagnosis and treatment of hematochezia.

Causes of Hematochezia

At TransSouth Health Care we encourage all of our patients exhibiting symptoms of lower gastrointestinal bleeding to be aware of the possible causes and warning signs that can lead to hematochezia. Many conditions can cause lower gastrointestinal bleeding. Of the many conditions if you have or have been suspected of having any of the more common disorders associated with lower gastrointestinal bleeding you are more likely to develop Hematochezia. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Diverticulosis
  • Angiodysplasia
  • Neoplasm
  • Perianal Disorders
  • Meckel’s Diverticulum
  • Colitis (Infectious & Non-Infectious)
  • Intussusception
  • And many other conditions

It is crucial that you see your gastroenterologist to find out the cause of any rectal hemorrhaging. A fast evaluation and diagnosis of lower gastrointestinal bleeding can increase the chances of successful treatment with as few complications as possible. Don’t wait if you are concerned about signs or symptoms, schedule your appointment immediately.