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Rectal biopsy

Overview Risks Results
Alternative Names:
Biopsy - rectum
Normal Values:

The anus and rectum appear normal in size, color, and shape. There should be no evidence of bleeding, polyps, hemorrhoids, or other abnormalities. On microscopic examination of biopsy tissue, no abnormalities should be noted.

What abnormal results mean:

This test is one of the more common means to confirm amyloidosis. It also determines the specific causes of abnormal conditions of the rectum, such as colitis. Other findings could include colorectal polyps, abscesses, inflammation, infection, hemorrhoids, or tumors.

Additional conditions under which the test may be performed include the following:

Anal biopsy
Anal biopsy

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