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Are hemorrhoids commonly outside the body or internal?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jack Hinkle
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Hemorrhoids
The answer is yes to both.
All who have external hemorrhoids will have internal ones. Not all who have internal hemorrhoids will have external though. Both are common.

In brief: Hemorrhoids
The answer is yes to both.
All who have external hemorrhoids will have internal ones. Not all who have internal hemorrhoids will have external though. Both are common.
Dr. Jack Hinkle
Dr. Jack Hinkle
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Dr. Roger Kilbourn
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Both locations
Hemhorrhoids can be found externally or internally, most often within a short distance from the external anal sphincter. Rare for hemhorrhoids to be found more than a CM or 2 from the anal sphincter.

In brief: Both locations
Hemhorrhoids can be found externally or internally, most often within a short distance from the external anal sphincter. Rare for hemhorrhoids to be found more than a CM or 2 from the anal sphincter.
Dr. Roger Kilbourn
Dr. Roger Kilbourn
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are swollen, but normal present vessels in and around the anus and lower rectum. So everybody has hemorrhoidal veins.
When these enlarge they can bleed. In general internal hemorrhoids are more common than external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids can bleed, but should not hurt whereas external hemorrhoids hurt, but should not bleed. Moreover hemorrhoids can shrink and then reoccur.

In brief: Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are swollen, but normal present vessels in and around the anus and lower rectum. So everybody has hemorrhoidal veins.
When these enlarge they can bleed. In general internal hemorrhoids are more common than external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids can bleed, but should not hurt whereas external hemorrhoids hurt, but should not bleed. Moreover hemorrhoids can shrink and then reoccur.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. David Gutman
Internal Medicine
In brief: Both can occur
The presence of external hemorrhoids is usually an indication of too much pressure on the internal hemorrhoid system. When there is too much pressure internally, that pressure is transmitted through a network of veins to the external skin just around the outside of the anus, causing the external skin to stretch and bulge out forming external hemorrhoids.

In brief: Both can occur
The presence of external hemorrhoids is usually an indication of too much pressure on the internal hemorrhoid system. When there is too much pressure internally, that pressure is transmitted through a network of veins to the external skin just around the outside of the anus, causing the external skin to stretch and bulge out forming external hemorrhoids.
Dr. David Gutman
Dr. David Gutman
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