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Rectitis - Definition


Rectitis is an inflammation of the rectum, more specifically of the rectal mucous membrane, in other words the interior lining of this digestive tract. This condition can be acute, temporary, and rapidly healed, or indeed chronic. It can manifest as rectal pain and abnormal secretion from the anus. A diagnosis of rectitis is established by rectoscopy on consultation with a proctologist or gastroenterologist. The specialist uses a tiny camera to visualize the interior of the colon. Rectitis can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, including chronic inflammatory disease of the intestine, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease; infection; prescribed medication; parasite; and more. Treatment is based on the established underlying cause.