Glasgow Colorectal Centre

Scotland's premier private health centre of excellence for colorectal problems

Expert rapid diagnosis and treatment in Scotland's most advanced private health care hospital

Glasgow Colorectal Centre

Our aim is to provide the highest quality medical care, providing a leading edge service to treat the complete range of benign and malignant colorectal disorders

Our highly qualified colorectal team provide a comprehensive and integrated service

Glasgow Colorectal Centre

Excellence in colorectal surgery, from initial assessment through to diagnosis and clinical care of all bowel problems

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What is meant by the term Bowel Problems?

Bowel problems and complaints are very common and may be caused by a wide spectrum of conditions. People mean different things when using the term bowel problems. Not infrequently, people complain or more than one symptom. There is a lot of overlap between bowel symptoms and different bowel conditions. It is therefore important not to ignore symptoms because even specialist doctors cannot say with certainty what is the problem without performing an examination. It may also be necessary to perform more specific tests such as a colonoscopy in order to exclude more sinister problems such as bowel cancer.

The most commonly occurring bowel symptoms are

Although most conditions are benign and may be successfully treated with simple measures, some patients may delay seeking medical advice because of embarrassment or fear of cancer. It is important to remember that more serious conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer may also present with bowel  problems which should not therefore be ignored.


What are the most common bowel problems?

The most common bowel problems are listed below

What should I do if I have any new bowel symptoms?

Any new anorectal or bowel symptoms including any change in bowel function should be reported to your GP who may decide to refer you for specialist investigation. Some symptoms are a cause particular concern and warrant urgent referral for investigation. These include the following guidelines from NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence)

NICE Guidelines on referral of patients with suspected lower gastrointestinal cancer (bowel cancer)

  NICE guidance for referral of suspected bowel cancer:

    Refer patients urgently who have had either*

    Refer patients aged > 60 urgently when there is:

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If you have any questions about the issues discussed on this page or other colorectal issues, your own GP is often the best first port of call.

If appropriate, they will be able to arrange a referral to a colorectal specialist centre such as the Glasgow Colorectal Centre.

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Bowel problems are very common in both the young and the old. Typical symptoms include diarrhea (diarrhoea), constipation, IBS symptoms, blood in stool (rectal bleeding), bleeding from anus, anal itch, irritation & anal pain. Bowel problems such as these are a common cause for patients seeking medical advice.  

Not infrequently, piles or hemorrhoids are incorrectly blamed for many of these symptoms. Most problems are due to benign, easily treated conditions. However, it is important not to ignore symptoms and early assessment is important as both serious and simple benign conditions may present with similar symptoms.

Bowel problems

Diarrhoea, constipation, blood in the stool &IBS symptoms

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