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Passing Blood from the Back Passage

There are several reasons why you are passing blood when you open your bowels; some minor and some more serious.

One cause of heavy blood loss is haemorrhoids or piles. These are cushion pads of body tissue that are normally inside the entrance to the bowel, in the mucosa or lining of the rectum. Bleeding can also be caused by a fissure or tear in the anus. This may be because of constipation and the passage of hard faeces. Another common cause of episodes of sudden and heavy bleeding in the elderly is diverticular disease.

Of course, bleeding can be a sign of cancer and may indicate polyps in the colon, which may be benign or a very early form of cancer.

To find out where the blood came from, you will require further investigations.

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