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Hemorrhoids: Introduction

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels around the anus. They commonly occur after 50, with millions of people afflicted, and are also common in pregnancy. Hemorrhoids may protrude externally or be internal to the body. Although hemorrhoids are definitely irritating and sometimes debilitating, they are almost never life-threatening or a symptom of something worse. Hemorrhoids can often be prevented by healthy diets, avoiding toilet straining, and other lifestyle changes. ...more »

Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

Treatments for Hemorrhoids

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids: Related Patient Stories

Hemorrhoids: Deaths

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Alternative Treatments for Hemorrhoids

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Types of Hemorrhoids

  • Internal hemorrhoid - when they remain inside the rectum.
  • External hemorrhoid - when they protrude out the anus.
  • Protruding hemorrhoid
  • Pregnancy-related hemorrhoids
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Diagnostic Tests for Hemorrhoids

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Hemorrhoids: Complications

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Causes of Hemorrhoids

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Disease Topics Related To Hemorrhoids

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Hemorrhoids: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Hemorrhoids

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Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an more »

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Rare type of breast cancer without a lump: There is a less common form of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer. Its symptoms can be an inflammation of the breast tissue, such as with a more »

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Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, more »

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Hospitals & Clinics: Hemorrhoids

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Hemorrhoids: Rare Types

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Latest Treatments for Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids: Animations

Prognosis for Hemorrhoids

Prognosis for Hemorrhoids: Good. Haemorrhoids are not very serious. In many cases, symptoms subside on their own.

Research about Hemorrhoids

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Clinical Trials for Hemorrhoids

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Prevention of Hemorrhoids

Prevention information for Hemorrhoids has been compiled from various data sources and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Hemorrhoids.

Statistics for Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids: Broader Related Topics

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Article Excerpts about Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen but normally present blood vessels in and around the anus and lower rectum that stretch under pressure, similar to varicose veins in the legs.

The increased pressure and swelling may result from straining to move the bowel. Other contributing factors include pregnancy, heredity, aging, and chronic constipation or diarrhea.

Hemorrhoids are either inside the anus (internal) or under the skin around the anus (external). (Source: excerpt from Hemorrhoids: NIDDK)

Definitions of Hemorrhoids:

Varicosities of the hemorrhoidal venous plexuses. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Pain caused by venous swelling at or inside the anal sphincter - (Source - WordNet 2.1)


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