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What is Proctitis?

Description of the disease

Proctitis is an inflammation of the rectum that can be caused by various reasons, including infections, injuries or chronic diseases.


  • Acute proctitis
  • Chronic proctitis


Symptoms of proctitis may include pain and discomfort in the rectal area, bloody discharge, feeling of incomplete evacuation, itching and irritation in the anal area.


The causes of proctitis may include infections (bacterial, viral, fungal), injuries, allergic reaction, chronic diseases (e.g. ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease).


For the diagnosis of proctitis, a doctor may conduct a rectal examination, tests for infections, as well as perform a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy.


Treatment of proctitis depends on the cause of the disease and may include the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, rectal suppositories, dietary and lifestyle changes.


Prevention of proctitis includes maintaining a healthy lifestyle, avoiding injuries and infections, timely treatment of other gastrointestinal diseases.


For the diagnosis and treatment of proctitis, it is necessary to consult a proctologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.