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Please help! what is the difference between a rectal prolapse to hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Joey Bluhm
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In brief: Anatomy

Prolapse is actual rectal tissue bulging, prolapsing, telescoping out of the anus.
Hemorrhoids are actual blood vessels of the anal region known as the hemorrhoidal vessels that engorge with blood. As they engorge they place pressure on the nerves causing pain.

In brief: Anatomy

Prolapse is actual rectal tissue bulging, prolapsing, telescoping out of the anus.
Hemorrhoids are actual blood vessels of the anal region known as the hemorrhoidal vessels that engorge with blood. As they engorge they place pressure on the nerves causing pain.
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
The rectum can also prolapse into the vagina by pushing up the posterior vaginal floor (rectocele) and does so fairly commonly in women who have had vaginal deliveries.
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