7 Conditions With Rectal Symptoms
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Rectal symptoms like bleeding, pain and itching can be caused by many medical conditions. Because the rectum is part of the gastrointestinal tract, several digestive disorders can be causing your symptoms. Other conditions, such as pregnancy, constipation, infections, and rectal growths, can also lead to uncomfortable side effects. The medical term for swelling and irritation of the rectal area is "proctitis." Here are seven common causes.

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  2. Constipation. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. National Institutes of Health. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation/
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