Published: 24 October 2021
Author(s): Brian M. Fung, Kelly M. Zucker, Joseph David
Issue: January 2022
Section: Internal Medicine Flashcard

A 36-year-old male with no significant past medical history presented to the emergency department for new onset hematochezia. Prior to arrival, the patient reported having five episodes of passing bloody stool and frank blood without associated abdominal or rectal pain, nausea, vomiting, or fever. He denied rectal trauma including anal receptive intercourse. He was not on any prescription medications. On physical examination, his vital signs were normal. His abdominal examination was unremarkable, and digital rectal examination revealed an empty rectal vault.


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