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Rectal Problems - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 if you have severe rectal bleeding. Severe means that you are passing a lot of stool that is maroon or mostly blood.

Call your doctor if:

  • You have severe rectal pain.
  • Your stools are black or tarry or have streaks of blood.
  • Rectal bleeding lasts for more than 1 week or happens more than once.
  • Stools are narrower than usual (they may be as thin as a pencil).
  • You still have rectal pain after a full week of home treatment.
  • Any unusual material or tissue seeps or sticks out of the anus.
  • A lump near the anus gets bigger or more painful, and you get a fever.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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