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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

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more


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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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How do I know if what I just found needs medical attention or not? And if it's a hemorrhoid or a hernia?

How do I know if what I just found needs medical attention or not? And if it's a hemorrhoid or a hernia?

Hemorrhoid vs hernia: What it is depends on its location. A hemorrhoid is typically located on the rectum while a hernia can be found on your abdomen or pelvic region. If it is causing you pain or concern I would suggest going to see a primary care physician for examination ...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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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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What is the distinction between thrombosed and strangled hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids: Strangled hemorrhoids are internal hemorrhoids that have dropped so much they are stuck outside the anus and can't be pushed back to inside the anus. Thrombosed hemorrhoids are the result of a rupture of an external hemorrhoid vessel causing bleeding under the skin and a purple bump on the skin on the outside of the anus. Both are painful and treated with surgery. ...Read more

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What is the distinction between hemorrhoids and colon cancer?

What is the distinction between hemorrhoids and colon cancer?

See below: Hemorrhoids are normal benign veins of the anal canal that may enlarge or bleed. They are not cancerous. Colon cancer is a malignant tumor that can occur anywhere in the colon or large intestine. ...Read more

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What is the distinction between anal fissure/fistula and hemorrhoid?

What is the distinction between anal fissure/fistula and hemorrhoid?

All different: An anal fissure is a small tear in the mucosa that lines the anus. An anal fistula is tract between the anal canal and the skin. A hemorrhoid is a 'varicose (dilated) vein" of the anal canal. ...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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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 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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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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My right testicle has been pulling up very high the last 2 weeks when I'm cold more than usual I've had a hernia on that side before what could this b?

My right testicle has been pulling up very high the last 2 weeks when I'm cold more than usual I've had a hernia on that side before what could this b?

Not dangerous: I'm not quite sure how to put together this constellation if symptoms other than normal scarring after an operation. I ca say that it does not sound like there is anything dangerous going on. If you're concerned, see your hernia surgeon for an exam. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Fluid or ceroma in abdomen after hernia operation is serious? . It increase abdomen size? How to solve this Prob.....Wht care should b taken

Fluid or ceroma in abdomen after hernia operation is serious? . It increase abdomen size? How to solve this Prob.....Wht care should b taken

Depends: Some amount of fluid is expected with the associated tissue injury. It depends if it is more than usual, there are signs of inflammation, associated or systemic signs like fever noted.....then infection or if bruishing....bleeding possible. See PMD for better evaluation. ...Read more

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How common are hernias?

How common are hernias?

Very common: Hernias are more common in males, one of the most frequent reasons for surgery in the us. ...Read more

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Does hernia heal itself?

Does hernia heal itself?

Repair hernia: Hernias of the abdominal wall can remain stable or progress. They are unable to heal spontaneously, or by itself. These hernias can develop complications like incarceration or strangulation, (organs trapped by the hernia defect). Okay to get in to your doc for an eval and surgical referral. A hernia repair is safe and effective. ...Read more

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How safe is hernia mesh?

How safe is hernia mesh?

Very: The different meshes available for hernia repair are safe. What type used, synthetic or biological, depends on the type of hernia and comorbidities. You should discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Press ups ok with hernia?

Press ups ok with hernia?

Hernia activity: I'm not exactly sure what a press up is. However, as a general rule, activity with a hernia is limited by discomfort. As long as you do not experience pain, it should be safe to proceed with activities. A binder may help to keep a hernia reduced while exercising. But, if you are active, and the hernia protrudes frequently, it may be worth discussing this with your doctor and considering repair. ...Read more

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What to do about a hernia?

What to do about a hernia?

See a surgeon: There are many types of hernias. Groin and umbilical are the most common. Hernias will not resolve without intervention. If you are a symptomatic, it may be safe to observe a hernia. Symptomatic hernias require intervention. Rarely hernias will strangulate and require emergency surgical repair. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hernia in back?

Symptoms of hernia in back?

Herniated disc: Back pain and sometimes numbness tingling or weakness in leg or legs. ...Read more

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Can hernias heal themselves?

Can hernias heal themselves?

Rarely: The only her is that can heal itself is a belly button hernia in an infant. They usually heal by age 5. All other hernias will not heal themselves, and require a surgical procedure for repair. Reasons for repair are to resolve a problem, or prevent one. Talk to your doctor about it to figure out whether or not surgical repair is right for you. ...Read more

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Can you have a partial hernia?

Can you have a partial hernia?

Not really: A hernia is an abnormal protrusion through a defect. You can have a bulge, but if its's not going through a hold, it's not a hernia. You can also have a hole in your muscle, but if nothing goes through the hole, it's not a hernia. ...Read more

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How do I know I have a hernia?

How do I know I have a hernia?

Bulge: Looks for bulge in the goin or belly button ares can be other places. May or may not have to correct. Check with your doc. ...Read more

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What are some hernia symptoms?

Variable: Abdominal wall hernias can cause pain or discomfort, often worse with activity or certain positions. There is typically a lump under the skin that represents the abdominal contents coming through the hole in the abdominal wall (the hernia). Thus lump can enlarge, and in some cases become so large it becomes difficult to fit clothes and perform your usual activities. ...Read more

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How to get hemorrhoid removed?

How to get hemorrhoid removed?

See you doctor: Removing hemorrhoids is a surgical procedure. See your doctor/surgeon. ...Read more

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How can you treat a hemorrhoid?

How can you treat a hemorrhoid?

Hemorrhoid help: I agree w dr. Hoepfner. It is important not to make hemorrhoids worse. Cleaning off after a bowel movement should be gentle. Pre-moistened towlettes can be used to dab the anus. Don’t wipe/rub. Pat the anus dry after cleaning. Avoid using harsh soaps that contain dyes or aromas. Cotton underwear is helpful as it absorbs moisture well.
Sitz bathes can be helpful. Sit in a bathtub with warm. ...Read more

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Can you always see your hernia?

Can you always see your hernia?

Some yes, some no: Hernia=an organ or part of an organ protruding beyond/outside of its cavity through a defect in the wall. You cannot see hiatal hernia (stomach up in lung area) without imaging or during surgery. Large surgical hernias can be seen/felt all the time. Smaller reducible umbilical/inguinal hernias often can be seen/felt better in upright position etc. If you have concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could I have two hernia at once?

Yes: Hernias can occur in multiple locations. Common locations include the groin (inguinsl), belly button (umbilical) and ventral/incisional (abdomen). ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

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