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Solitary Rectal Ulcer Syndrome

Solitary Rectal Ulcer Syndrome Causes

The condition usually occurs to persons with chronic constipation and may also be due to a rectum injury. The injury and recurrence of the condition may also be caused by constipation or impacted stool, manual removal of an impacted stool, straining during defecation, radiation treatment in which blood flow to the area are limited, and usage of ergotamine suppositories, which is an anti-migraine treatment.

Solitary Rectal Ulcer Syndrome Definition

Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome is a condition in which a single ulcer typically occurs in the rectum that may cause rectal bleeding with straining or when having bowel movements.

Solitary Rectal Ulcer Syndrome Diagnosis

The doctor takes note of the patient's symptoms as well as conduct tests such as sigmoidoscopy or ultrasound to assess whether there are rectal ulcers. For instance, if the tests show a thickening of the rectal wall and internal anal sphincter, solitary rectal ulcer syndrome may be determined.

Solitary Rectal Ulcer Syndrome Symptoms and Signs

Individuals suffering from the condition may have bleeding or mucus discharge of the rectum, constipation, diarrhea, or rectal pain or anal sphincter spasms. Others may not manifest any symptoms.

Solitary Rectal Ulcer Syndrome Treatment

Affected individuals need to change their diet and fluid intake or if the condition is severe, they may need to take medication or undergo surgery. The patient may also undergo therapies such as enemas, biofeedback, or rectopexy.

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