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What is the distinction between a hemorrhoid and a hernia?

What is the distinction between a hemorrhoid and a hernia?

"Apples n' Oranges": A hemorrhoid is prominent tissue in the perianal region that is prone to bleed, itch, and/or cause pain. A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a bulge. Both diseases can lead to 'protrusions' that require manual reduction; both may be adversely affected by excessive straining and lifting. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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Small part of anus poking out? Lower abdominal pain now on both sides. Just took laxatives a while ago. Hernia, hemorrhoids, or something else?

Small part of anus poking out? Lower abdominal pain now on both sides. Just took laxatives a while ago. Hernia, hemorrhoids, or something else?

Prolapse: It is not uncommon for a portion of the anal canal to protrude. This is due to relaxation of the rectal mucosa sliding down as a prolapse. Occassionally this is not protrusion but becomes pronounced and a marked degree of prolapse requiring surgical repair. ...Read more

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Can anal abscess be mistaken for internal hemorrhoid? I have constant downward pressure/ pain. Doc. Glove exam felt bump—"hernia..I mean hemorrhoid":(

Can anal abscess be mistaken for internal hemorrhoid? I have constant downward pressure/ pain. Doc. Glove exam felt bump—"hernia..I mean hemorrhoid":(

Not commonly: Mistaken but could be. Usually an abscess in the peri-anal area is quite painful ; progressively gets worse over a few days. A hemorrhoid condition could cause a pressure feeling, but would not be very bad. An abscess is usually very painful. ...Read more

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What is a hernia?

What is a hernia?

A fascial tear: All hernias are caused by a disruption in the fascia of the abdominal wall. Fascia is a strong sheet of connective tissue that extends from the top of you abdomen (where it meets your chest) down past your groin. The fascia is the strength layer of your abdominal wall. It is responsible for keeping your abdominal contents in your abdomen. A hernia is a hole in your fascia. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hernia?

Symptoms of hernia?

Depends: Hernias by themselves may be asymptomatic (produce no symptoms) or cause slight to severe pain, or just present as a bulge (especially at the groin). Some may get strangulated causing decrease in blood flow to that organ (usually bowel) and severe pain, nausea, vomiting, redness around skin may ensue. Nearly all hernias have this potential.Symptoms may also depend on the location of the hernia. ...Read more

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What is a hernia ?

Defect or hole: Hernia is a defect in abdominal wall most of the time, but more correctly abnormal protrusion of a viscus ( like disc, brain etc ). ...Read more

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What is hernia hiatal?

Hiatal hernia: Is a defect in the diagphragm, which separates the chest from the abdominal cavities. Most are the sliding type, which does not require surgery most of the time. But some are paraesophageal type, which require surgery in order to prevent strangulation, a devastating complication. Consult a surgeon for specific advice about your case. ...Read more

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What is a naval hernia?

What is a naval hernia?

Umbilical hernia : It is protrusion of something (usually fat but can b bowel as well) through the belly button. Umbilical cord comes through there and sometimes never closes (kids w umbilical hernia) or for adults it closes but with increased pressure( lifting, straining, coughing, pregnancy etc), it will reopen and cause hernia. ...Read more

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What exactly is a hernia?

A fascial tear: All hernias are caused by a disruption in the fascia of the abdominal wall. Fascia is a strong sheet of connective tissue that extends from the top of you abdomen (where it meets your chest) down past your groin. The fascia is the strength layer of your abdominal wall. It is responsible for keeping your abdominal contents in your abdomen. A hernia is a hole in your fascia. ...Read more

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Are all hernias dangerous?

No.: A "hernia" commonly refers to a weakened area of the abdominal wall muscles. The resulting defect essentially provides a hole through which a loop of intestine can slide. This situation becomes dangerous if a loop of intestine becomes stuck outside the abdominal wall, leading to obstruction (blockage) or in worst case cutting off the blood supply to that segment of the intestine. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

The veins in the rectum can swell and become puffy when a person has frequent pressure on them from pushing out a bm. This is constipation. The swollen veins can burn, itch, or sometimes become severely painful (from a clot building up inside). Veins in the rectum are called hemorrhoidal veins and the sick, stretched out vein ...Read more