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What are the differences between esophageal varices and hemorrhoids?

What are the differences between esophageal varices and hemorrhoids?

Location: Both areas represent collateral circulation between the portal system (think guts) and the systemic circulation. Increased flow in these areas leads to enlargement of the veins and the problems listed. Both may be a sign of problem in the portal system, or may be isolated problems. Further history, examination and testing is needed to know more. ...Read more

Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more


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What is the difference in between a hemorrhoid and a polyp?

What is the difference in between a hemorrhoid and a polyp?

Vein vs gut lining: Both hemorrhiods and polyps are abnomalities associated with the colon. The hemorrhoid is a vein that has swelled and cause pain & itching. The polyp is an abnormal growth of the lining of the colon. It is usually painless and diagnosed incidentally on colonoscopy. Polyps can degenerate into cancer and need to be removed. Hemorroids are a nuisance and removed for reasons of bleeding or discomfort. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a hemorrhoid and a polyp?

What's the difference between a hemorrhoid and a polyp?

Different cell type: Colon polyps are benign or malignant growths of the cells of the inner lining of your GI tract (~20 feet long!), while hemorrhoids are located just in the last 2 inches of your rectum (your anus and anal canal). All polyps should be removed due to cancer potential, while you can live with hemorrhoids (although you may not want to :). ...Read more

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What is the difference between colon hemorrhoids (what are they?) and colon polyps?

What is the difference between colon hemorrhoids (what are they?) and colon polyps?

Polyps are growths: Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins around the anus. Polyps are growths that originate in the inner lining of the colon — the mucosa. ...Read more

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How to feel difference between hemorrhoids and polyp?

How to feel difference between hemorrhoids and polyp?

You cannot: Needs a physical exam with a doctor to tell what you may have. ...Read more

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How do a hemorrhoid and a polyp differ?

How do a hemorrhoid and a polyp differ?

Cushion vs tumour: A hemorrhoid is an encouraged vascular cushion of the perianal tissues. A polyp is a true growth, a tumor or neoplasm, which arises from the inner lining of the gut, even the lining of the gallbladder. Colon polyps are removed so they don't evolve into colon cancer. Hemorrhoids are not tumors. ...Read more

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In which way hemorrhoids or polyps can cause bleeding, like almost every 4 or five 5 days or like 2-3 times in a month?

Caused by the stool-: -rubbing on them, especially if constipated. The blood in the stool may B sporadic depending on if you R constipated on & off. A visit 2 Ur PCP will help. A good history as well as a rectal may give U the answer, or a colonoscopy may B needed. Sounds like not a lot of blood so lab work may B normal. ...Read more

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Is it possible for CEA, C19-9, Abdominal Echo and FOB examinations to detect hemorrhoids, polyps and Colon Caner? Thank you!

Is it possible for CEA, C19-9, Abdominal Echo and FOB examinations to detect hemorrhoids, polyps and Colon Caner? Thank you!

No perfect tests!!: Some of these tests(CEA) are only useful for far advanced Cancers(not helpful for early detection of polyps or colon cancer. CEA and CA 19-9 are tumor markers, they are useless for most cases of early cancer. Abdominal ECHO has limited usefulness to detect fluid and certain cystic lesions, not useful for Colon Cancer. The best test for checking colon for polyps and colon cancer is Colonoscopy ...Read more

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Is it possible for CEA, C19-9, Abdominal Echo and FOB examinations to detect hemorrhoids, polyps and Colon Caner? Thank you! L

Is it possible for CEA, C19-9, Abdominal Echo and FOB examinations to detect hemorrhoids, polyps and Colon Caner? Thank you! L

No.: If colon cancer is advanced or metastatic, it can show up on abd echo. If colon cancer or hemorrhoids bleed, FOBT can be positive. CEA and CA 19-9 have no place in detection of colon cancer, hemorrhoids, or polyps. CEA is sometimes useful in following colon cancer for any possible spread. ...Read more

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@ what point does one need to worry about hemorrhoids and polyps. I bled quite a bit today. Blood was bright red and I can feel a polyp there. Can i just leave this be?

@ what point does one need to worry about hemorrhoids and polyps. I bled quite a bit today. Blood was bright red and I can feel a polyp there. Can i just leave this be?

Probably hemorrhoid: What you think is a polyp is probably an internal hemorrhoid. No one bleeds to death from a hemorrhoid, but they can become very painful quickly. You need a surgeon to take a look and he can probably band your hemorrhoids while he's looking. ...Read more

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I did a sigmoidoscopy, I have internal hemorrhoids and a little polyp. Should I be worried of CRC, because I lost my aunt from CRC 6 months ago?

I did a sigmoidoscopy, I have internal hemorrhoids and a little polyp. Should I be worried of CRC, because I lost my aunt from CRC 6 months ago?

Colonoscopy: You need to get a colonoscopy.
To screen the whole colon for cancer,and pre cancer polyp.
Depend on the result they will tell you when you need to have your next one. ...Read more

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What kind of problems can arise from dealing with constipation and hemorrhoids for about a year? Polyps, cancer...? Appt soon. 26 yo woman

What kind of problems can arise from dealing with constipation and hemorrhoids for about a year? Polyps, cancer...?  Appt soon. 26 yo woman

Anemia: At your age, the blood loss from hemorrhoids, in additional to menstrual blood loss would predispose your to getting iron deficiency anemia. When you see your doctor discuss it with her/him.

For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What type of foods should I eat if I have internal hemorrhoids and a little polyp? Sweets, yogurt, proteins, white cheese, cocoa and tea are forbidden?

Anything.: You can eat anything when you have internal hemorrhoids as long as you avoid constipation and don't strain. The Easiest way to take a tablespoon of Metamucil dissolve in 12 glass of water and follow with one glass of water. ...Read more

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Purple around anus. Looked like deflated sacs. Larger red/purple in middle sac right inside anus. And a skin tag. Hemorrhoid or polyp?

Purple around anus. Looked like deflated sacs. Larger red/purple in middle sac right inside anus. And a skin tag. Hemorrhoid or polyp?

Most likely: Can be a thrombosed hemorrhoid or a sentinel pile--especially if accompanied by a history of constipation, excessive pressure to move your bowels. A physical examination would be in order, however, to determine exact diagnosis. ...Read more

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Past year 2 colonoscopies. 3 GIs diagnosis = IBS. Said bloody stool was polyp (removed) or hemorrhoids. Now dark red bloody stool again. More than in the past. Nothing on TP. IBS has been bad. Feel crazy. Help.

Past year 2 colonoscopies. 3 GIs diagnosis = IBS. Said bloody stool was polyp (removed) or hemorrhoids. Now dark red bloody stool again. More than in the past. Nothing on TP. IBS has been bad. Feel crazy. Help.

It tweaks the mind.: Hello, These bowel ailments definitely have the power to tweak the mind. Take a breath, know that you are treatable, and understand you may or may not be able to do this on your own. The bowel health / IBS is an artistry that the textbooks can't fix alone. My recommendation is to find a practitioner you deeply trust and master the art of "being coached"
-Dr. Neal Schwartz ...Read more

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Abdom. Swelling pain and blood in stool. Change in bowels. Dr found 1small polyp in stomach and colon 2mm. Said I have hemorrhoids & ibs. Should i be worried?

Abdom. Swelling pain and blood in stool. Change in bowels. Dr found 1small polyp in stomach and colon 2mm. Said I have hemorrhoids & ibs. Should i be worried?

No: You had the proper work up for those complaints and the findings are consistent. If things change or worsen the only additional thing that could add more information is a ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis which would visualize things the scopes can't see. ...Read more

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Greetings, am i able to see the difference between a polyp and a hemorroid?

Greetings, am i able to see the difference between a polyp and a hemorroid?

Yes: Polyps are internal so you would not be able to see them.

Hemorrhoids are usually external (although they can be silghtly inside the rectum).

If you have a mass or swelling on the outside of your rectum that does not go away after a few days you should see your doctor, as it is possible to have ano-rectal cancer. ...Read more

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Just had colonoscopy. 3 benign polyps removed. Internal hemorrhoid. Bloating & diarrhea still continues from a long time. What could be wrong? Thnx

Just had colonoscopy. 3 benign polyps removed. Internal hemorrhoid. Bloating & diarrhea still continues from a long time. What could be wrong? Thnx

GI workup: There are may things which can cause bloatig and diarrhea, particularly in your part of the world. You should return to your GI doctor for workup, perhaps involving stool studies. A trial of fiber supplements may be helpful in the meantime. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy done recently. All is fine. But there is still bright red blood in the stool. Removed 3 polyps. Inner hemorrhoid found. What's wrong?

Had colonoscopy done recently. All is fine. But there is still bright red blood in the stool. Removed 3 polyps. Inner hemorrhoid found. What's wrong?

Rectal bleeding: Continued bleeding for several days is possible after polypectomy, especially if you have taken aspirin in the last 2 weeks or recently used ibuprofen or other non steroidal antiinflammatory medications. If the bleeding persists for more than a week, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with precancer colon polyps and internal hemorrhoids and gastritis.still have blood in stool with burning in my abdomen should I worry?

I was diagnosed with precancer colon polyps and internal hemorrhoids and gastritis.still have blood in stool with burning in my abdomen should I worry?

Depends: Gastritis should improve with dietary modifications, acid blockers, and possible H pylori treatment; if not, further evaluation may be needed. Colon polyps should be followed with colonoscopy anywhere from 6 months to 5 years later, depending on type of polyp and confidence in that it was completely removed. Internal hems bleed and the source needs to be addressed — constipation, straining, etc ...Read more

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I have bleeding from inside hemorrods. The bleeding is significant with each movement. Did have a colonoscopy for it. No polyps. What can I do?

I have bleeding from inside hemorrods.  The bleeding is significant with each movement.  Did have a colonoscopy for it.  No polyps.  What can I do?

Colorectal Surgeon: If the bleeding is due to internal hemorrhoid prolapse, this can most often be treated with a simple, relatively painless office procedure. See a colorectal surgeon. They will be able to correctly diagnose the cause of your bleeding, and treat it. ...Read more

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Hi Doc please help, I was diagnose with gastric erosion, h-pylorie, hemorhoids and rectal polyp remove.prescrbe with pantrpzole 40mg, claritromycin and ammoxicilin for 14days. Then continues another pantrpazole 40mg for 12days and reduce to 20mg. However

Hi Doc please help, I was diagnose with gastric erosion, h-pylorie, hemorhoids and rectal polyp remove.prescrbe with pantrpzole 40mg, claritromycin and ammoxicilin for 14days. Then continues another pantrpazole 40mg for 12days and reduce to 20mg. However

Be followed timely..: Apparently, you have worked well with your doc so you have received the care as described. Hence, it would be most logical and beneficial to revisit her/him for follow-up so to decide further modification of care is needed or not. How to get the things for adequate healthcare done correctly? Follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. The Best wish to health... ...Read more

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Hd proctosigmoidoscopy a yr ago, no polyp, only hemoroids, now i still have blood on my poop. Do I have colorectal ca? What r the early signs of that?

Hd proctosigmoidoscopy a yr ago, no polyp, only hemoroids, now i still have blood on my poop. Do I have colorectal ca? What r the early signs of that?

Get a full scope.: Most early colon cancers are asymptomatic. The blood on the outside of your bowel movement is likely due to hemorrhoids. Colon cancer is possible, however, and the sigmoidoscopy you had only looked at half of your colon. So to rule out colon cancer, I would recommend a full colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Polyp/hemerroid? Blood ON stool doesn't appear to be mixed in, bright red some diarrhea and stomach pain and Nausea, history of hemerroid is it this

Polyp/hemerroid? Blood ON stool doesn't appear to be mixed in, bright red some diarrhea and stomach pain and Nausea, history of hemerroid is it this

Un likely : Very unlikely. . You usually do not have belly pain, nausea diarrhea with hemorrhoid. This is either food poisoning or dysentery. Salmonella poisoning is going around in US from caramel apples poisoning. See a doctor if you are still sick ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and an enlarged prostate?

How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and an enlarged prostate?

Examination: A hemorrhoid is an enlargement of the veins around the anus. This can be seen at the opening of the anus or may slightly internal to the opening of the anus. Prostate swelling is further in but is not related to the hemorrhoid and is not part of the colon. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and a mucosal (partial) prolapse through self-examination?

How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and a mucosal (partial) prolapse through self-examination?

Tough to tell: This is sometimes a tough question for medical professionals to answer. Severe hemorrhoids can have the look of a prolapse. If you are asking this question, you should make an appointment with a GI doctor or a general surgeon. ...Read more

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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

Swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that ...Read more