Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome

T. C. F. Lam, D. Z. Lubowski, D. W. King

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The solitary rectal ulcer syndrome is a relatively uncommon condition,
presenting with the passage of fresh blood and mucus per rectum together
with symptoms of obstructed defecation and sometimes of pelvic discomfort. The true incidence of the condition is unknown but it is noteworthy that some clinicians report seeing the condition rarely if ever, while others who practise in a similar clinical environment encounter it much more frequently. It would therefore seem that the diagnosis is overlooked in some patients presenting with obstructed defecation.
The condition was first described by Madigan (1964) and soon after by Haskell and Rovner (1965). However, Cruveilheir (1829) reported the condition of benign ulceration of the rectum over a century before and, although the clinical presentation was not well documented, this probably represented the same condition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-143
Number of pages15
JournalBailliere's Clinical Gastroenterology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


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