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Bloody stools with growth protruding from rectal passage. Cause?

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I am 27 year old female. I have a growth protruding out of the rectal passage for few months. I have had a few episodes of bloody stools and have had some pale stools also. I get excruitating lower back pain and also severe persistant bloating. I have a family history of bowel/colon cancer. Are my symptoms an indication that I may have something more severe than haemmoroids? I am too embarrassed to see a doctor.. I have no other medical problems.

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Thank you for your medical query at
I understand your concern.
Normally in bowel or colon cancer, there will be no growth that protrudes outside.
Hence, from the symptoms you mentioned, it still sounds like hemorrhoids. Since you have bloody stools, this needs to be examined unfortunately. The grading can thus be found, and appropriate treatment can be initiated. I will strongly recommend you to get a general surgeon's appointment. I can understand your apprehensions, but this will be helpful in the long run.
Dr. Jay

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Thank you for your response.
What is likely to be the cause of the bloody stools? Also in terms of the growth which is quite large and obstructing the anal passage so causing fresh bleeding on each bowel movement will it require surgery?
Also the bloating and lower back pain could they be linked to the growth?

Hemorrhoids in itself can cause bloody stools.
The commonest cause of hemorrhoids is digestion issues and constipation, hence bloating and low back pain can be experienced. If the growth is big, which seems to be the case, hemorrhoidectomy is the best option. It will need surgery.
The surgeon may ask for a colonoscopy to rule out any chances of colon cancer with a positive family history.
Dr. Jay

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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