Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome
Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome
Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome is a condition that occurs when a sore (ulcer) develops in the rectum. The rectum is a muscular tube that's connected to the end of your colon. Stool passes through the rectum on its way out of the body.
Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome is a rare and poorly understood disorder that occurs in people with chronic constipation. Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome can cause rectal bleeding and straining during bowel movements. Despite its name, sometimes more than one rectal ulcer occurs in solitary rectal ulcer syndrome.
Treatments for solitary rectal ulcer syndrome range from changing your diet and fluid intake to surgery.
The rectum is a hollow, muscular tube that's connected to the end of the colon. Waste passes through the rectum as it leaves the body. ...
Signs and symptoms of solitary rectal ulcer syndrome include:
However, some people with solitary rectal ulcer syndrome may experience no symptoms.
When to see a doctor
Other diseases and conditions may cause signs and symptoms similar to those of solitary rectal ulcer syndrome. At your appointment, your doctor may recommend tests and procedures to rule out other causes of your signs and symptoms.
It's not always clear what causes solitary rectal ulcer syndrome. Doctors believe stress or injury to the rectum may cause rectal ulcers to form.
Examples of situations that could injure the rectum include:
Rectal prolapse occurs when the rectum becomes stretched out and protrudes from the anus. ...
Intussusception is a rare, serious disorder in which one part of the intestine slides inside an adjacent part. ...
Preparing for your appointment
Start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner if you have signs or symptoms that worry you. If your doctor suspects you may have solitary rectal ulcer syndrome, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in the digestive system (gastroenterologist).
Because appointments can be brief, it's a good idea to be prepared for your appointment. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
Questions to ask your doctor
What to expect from your doctor
Tests and diagnosis
Tests and procedures used to diagnose rectal ulcers include:
Treatments and drugs
Treatment for solitary rectal ulcer syndrome depends on the severity of your condition. People with mild signs and symptoms may find relief through lifestyle changes, while people with more severe signs and symptoms may require treatment.
Behavior therapy to stop straining during bowel movements
Lifestyle and home remedies
If you experience chronic constipation, you can make changes to your daily life that may help relieve your symptoms. Relieving your constipation may help reduce the signs and symptoms of rectal ulcer.
You may find relief from constipation if you:
Last Updated: 2012-04-28
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