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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

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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 is the distinction between a hemorrhoid and a pile?

What is the distinction between a hemorrhoid and a pile?

None: Piles are an old terminology used by non medical people and many doctors from years ago. ...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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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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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?

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 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