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are hemorrhoids commonly outside the body or internal?

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Dr. David Gutman
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Both can occur: The presence of external hemorrhoids is usually an indication of too much pressure on the internal hemorrhoid system. When there is too much pressure internally, that pressure is transmitted through a network of veins to the external skin just around the outside of the anus, causing the external skin to stretch and bulge out forming external hemorrhoids.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
27 years experience Gastroenterology
Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are swollen, but normal present vessels in and around the anus and lower rectum. So everybody has hemorrhoidal veins. When these enlarge they can bleed. In general internal hemorrhoids are more common than external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids can bleed, but should not hurt whereas external hemorrhoids hurt, but should not bleed. Moreover hemorrhoids can shrink and then reoccur.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
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Dr. Roger Kilbourn
Specializes in Family Medicine
Both locations: Hemhorrhoids can be found externally or internally, most often within a short distance from the external anal sphincter. Rare for hemhorrhoids to be found more than a CM or 2 from the anal sphincter.
Answered on Jan 15, 2015
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Dr. Jack Hinkle
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hemorrhoids: The answer is yes to both. All who have external hemorrhoids will have internal ones. Not all who have internal hemorrhoids will have external though. Both are common.
Answered on Mar 15, 2017
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Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Hemorrhoids. : Hemorrhoids can be internal or external, with the former generally causing more pain.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017

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