The following is a list of the common presenting symptoms that might occur
in patients with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and in particular
the colon, rectum and anus:
|Change in bowel habit
- diarrhoea or constipation
|Rectal bleeding -
fresh or dark
|Abdominal pain -
acute or chronic
|Anal discharge -
mucus or pus
|Anal pain or
|Loss of appetite
|Nausea or vomiting
|Prolapse of a lump
from the anus
of wind or faeces from the back passage (incontinence)
1. Some patients may have these symptoms in combination. There may
also be a family history of bowel problems for example bowel cancer.
2. These types of symptoms should be assessed so as to make a
diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment.
3. One should not be too embarrassed to seek an opinion for what
might appear to be a trivial symptom.
4. It is only by seeing a specialist and then having the relevant
investigations that more serious diseases can be excluded.