Rectal Problems Caused by Abuse
Signs of abuse may not be apparent without an examination of the genital area. These signs include:
- Bruises, scars, chafing, or bite marks in the genital area.
- Discharge from the vagina or penis.
- Rectal or genital bleeding.
- Anal tears or dilation.
- Symptoms of a Reference sexually transmitted infection (STI) Opens New Window, such as Reference gonorrhea Opens New Window, Reference chlamydia Opens New Window, Reference syphilis Opens New Window, or Reference HIV Opens New Window.
Rectal problems, including constipation, pain, leaking of stool, or anal injury, may be caused by physical or sexual abuse that injures the abdominal or rectal area. An injury to the vagina or rectum, or injury to the abdomen, back, or lower spine can prevent normal bowel movements.
Home treatment is not appropriate for rectal problems that are caused by abuse. Unreported abuse is likely to continue and will usually get worse. You may feel uneasy if your doctor brings up the issue of abuse. Health professionals have a professional duty and legal obligation to evaluate the possibility of abuse.
If you think your child has been abused, there are Reference resources available to help. Adults need to protect young children because children cannot protect themselves.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: April 14, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference David Messenger, MD