Proctitis is inflammation of the lining of the rectum. It can be a short-term or long-term problem. Many things can cause proctitis. It may be a side effect of medical treatments, such as radiation therapy or antibiotics. Some sexually transmitted infections may also cause proctitis. It may be related to ulcerative colitis or to Crohn's disease. Other causes include bacterial infection, allergies, or injury or nerve problems in the rectum.
Common symptoms include pain or itching in the rectum and a constant or frequent strong need to have a bowel movement. You may have a change in bowel habits; a fever; and mucus, blood, or pus in your stools.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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