Why Is a Rectal Biopsy Performed?

A rectal biopsy is performed for several reasons, including:

  • Diagnosis of Rectal Diseases: To diagnose conditions such as rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and infections.
  • Assessment of Abnormalities: To evaluate abnormal growths, polyps, or lesions detected during a rectal examination or imaging studies.
  • Investigation of Symptoms: To determine the cause of unexplained rectal bleeding, pain, or changes in bowel habits.
  • Monitoring of Chronic Conditions: To monitor the progression of chronic conditions like IBD and assess the effectiveness of treatment.