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I have Crohn's disease. How can I tell the difference between an anal fistula (had one surgically removed 10 years ago) and a hemorrhoid?

I have Crohn's disease.  How can I tell the difference between an anal fistula (had one surgically removed 10 years ago) and a hemorrhoid?

You can not but: Your doctor can , due to training and experience . When crohn's disease involves anorectal area , recurrent fistulas , infections , pain , drainage , local infections are common , make the diagnosis difficult , tissue biopsy ( pathology ) is the only way to distinguish from other conditions. ...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


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What's the difference between rectal abcess and hemorrhoid in anal area?i have a lump at anus,its very sore and looks bit purple/black at end.

What's the difference between rectal abcess and hemorrhoid in anal area?i have a lump at anus,its very sore and looks bit purple/black at end.

Difference: Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. A rectal abscess is an infection and a collection of pus in the area of the anus and rectum. Both can be painful, lead to swelling, redness, etc. So without an exam it tough to say if you have a hemorrhoid, a thrombosed hemorrhoid, or a rectal abscess. Either way. gt checked as they all need to be treated. Good luck ...Read more

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This past summer if I miss a meal I get painful intestinal spasms the next day sometimes. Could it be from anal fissure? Hemorrhoids? Rectal STD?

This past summer if I miss a meal I get painful intestinal spasms the next day sometimes. Could it be from anal fissure? Hemorrhoids? Rectal STD?

Unlikely: You may have a acid or digestive problem. Consider reflux, gluten allergy or dairy intolerance. If your weight is normal this is not likely serious. It is it likely due to anything I your rectum. If you are having anal sex you need to be checked for std. Especially if this is unprotected sex. ...Read more

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Do hemorrhoids cause cuts on the anus?

Do hemorrhoids cause cuts on the anus?

Generally no: "cuts" on the anus are referred to as anal fissure and can happen from constipation / straining / anal trauma but are different from hemorrhoids http://www.medicinenet.com/anal_fissure/article.htm ...Read more

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Please tell me, could injection really remove hemorrhoids from my anus?

Please tell me, could injection really remove hemorrhoids from my anus?

Possibly: Injections can scar or sclerose the hemorrhoid and potentially make it go away. It depends on how bad it is if injections are an option. ...Read more

Dr. Debora McClary
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Anal And Rectal Diseases (Definition)

Anal and rectal diseases are conditions that effect the bottom end of the digest tract, including the anus. These conditions may include hemorrhoids, cancer, warts, ...Read more


Anus (Definition)

The anus is the opening of the rectum, through which stool and flatus are passed. The anal canal is about an inch in length, and is ...Read more