Lower gastrointestinal bleeding in pregnancy: Differential diagnosis, assessment and management

Lisa Story, Shannon Rafique, Nilofar Samadi, Joel Mawdsley, Baljit Singh, Anita Banerjee

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Abstract

Rectal bleeding is a common symptom experienced by pregnant women. Although the majority of cases are attributable to benign conditions such as haemorrhoids and anal fissures, other more serious diagnoses such as inflammatory bowel disease and malignancy should not be overlooked. Most investigations are safe during pregnancy and these should not be withheld as significant implications on both foetal and maternal morbidity may result. In these cases, a multidisciplinary team approach is essential. This review explores the differential diagnosis, investigation and management of rectal bleeding during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-134
Number of pages6
JournalObstetric Medicine
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021

Keywords

  • Rectal bleeding
  • anal fissure
  • cancer
  • haemorrhoids
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • pregnancy

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