Solitary Rectal Ulcer Syndrome

  • John Kuckelman
  • Eric K. Johnson


Solitary rectal ulcer is a relatively rare disorder that is generally poorly understood. Because its presentation is often associated with anorectal pain and bleeding, and the disorder may mimic the presentation of rectal cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, it is important to have a solid basis for recognition and treatment of this disorder.

Recognition, as mentioned above, is key. Proper knowledge associated with excellent history taking and physical exam skills will optimize the ability to properly diagnose and treat this ailment. This chapter provides a solid basic algorithm that can be followed in the majority of scenarios that will be encountered.


Solitary rectal ulcer Rectal bleeding Rectal prolapse Internal rectal intussusception 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Kuckelman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Eric K. Johnson
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryMadigan Army Medical CenterTacomaUSA
  2. 2.Uniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.Cleveland Clinic FoundationClevelandUSA
  4. 4.Department of Surgery, Division of Colorectal SurgeryHillcrest HospitalMayfield HeightsUSA

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