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Rectal pain is pain in the lower portion of the gastrointestinal tract. The term is often used interchangeably with pain in the anus or anal pain. It is a fairly common problem and can result from condition such as hemorrhoids or anal fissures. Rectal or anal pain can also occur with inflammatory diseases of the bowel, localized infections, or minor injuries to the area. Some causes of rectal pain, such as hemorrhoids or anal fissures, can be accompanied by other symptoms like rectal bleeding. Cancers are a rare cause of rectal pain.
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Causes of Rectal Pain
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Other Causes of Rectal Pain
- Anorectal Fistula
- Benign or Malignant Tumors
- Fecal Impaction
- Foreign Bodies
- Levator Ani Syndrome
- Proctalgia Fugax
- Pruritus Ani
- Rectal Prolapse
- Trauma or Other Injuries
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