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Is rectal bleeding serious?

Complications of rectal bleeding are: anemia caused by continued loss of blood. Symptoms to watch out for are pale skin, breathlessness, weakness, dizziness and fatigue. Shock - if you lose a large volume of blood, your body may go into shock if untreated. This can be potentially fatal but can be managed with the prompt medical care. Colon cancer is not a complication of rectal bleeding, but rectal bleeding may be due to bowel cancer, so if you have rectal bleeding, it is important to see your doctor to rule out colon cancer.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Hemorrhoids

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