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The similarity and difference of hemorrhoids and varicose veins?

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In brief: Location different

If there is increased pressure in veins then they become larger and prominent.
Varicose veins in the legs enlarge because they have a leaky valve and gravity tends to pull the blood back down causing the veins to enlarge. Hemorrhoids are veins in the anus that enlarge due to pressure from constipation and straining.

In brief: Location different

If there is increased pressure in veins then they become larger and prominent.
Varicose veins in the legs enlarge because they have a leaky valve and gravity tends to pull the blood back down causing the veins to enlarge. Hemorrhoids are veins in the anus that enlarge due to pressure from constipation and straining.
Dr. Prashant Sinha
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Similar & different

Both are enlarged veins.
Both can become thrombosed. Both are painful when that happens. Both are very common. Varicose veins run in families and hemorrhoids might as well. Both typically worsen with pregnancy. They involve veins that are branches of different vein networks and although many people have both, it is very possible to have one without the other, or vice versa.

In brief: Similar & different

Both are enlarged veins.
Both can become thrombosed. Both are painful when that happens. Both are very common. Varicose veins run in families and hemorrhoids might as well. Both typically worsen with pregnancy. They involve veins that are branches of different vein networks and although many people have both, it is very possible to have one without the other, or vice versa.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Both Vein Diseases

Similarities: Both conditions are defective & enlarged veins which are often painful.
Both can form clots in them. Both are very common. Both are genetically inherited Both typically worsen with pregnancy. The main difference in these conditions is the location: hemorrhoids involve the anus & varicose veins are mainly on the legs. The pathophysiology & aggravating factors also differ.

In brief: Both Vein Diseases

Similarities: Both conditions are defective & enlarged veins which are often painful.
Both can form clots in them. Both are very common. Both are genetically inherited Both typically worsen with pregnancy. The main difference in these conditions is the location: hemorrhoids involve the anus & varicose veins are mainly on the legs. The pathophysiology & aggravating factors also differ.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology

In brief: VENOUS PRESSURE

Hemorrhoids are essentially varicose veins of the anal area.
Both are due to increased venous pressure. In the case of vv, the increased pressure is due to valve malfunction and in the case of hemorrhoids, it is due to engorgement of the anal veins from irritation, straining, etc. Varicose veins are unsightly and can cause aching and heaviness whereas hemorrhoids tend to cause pain and bleeding

In brief: VENOUS PRESSURE

Hemorrhoids are essentially varicose veins of the anal area.
Both are due to increased venous pressure. In the case of vv, the increased pressure is due to valve malfunction and in the case of hemorrhoids, it is due to engorgement of the anal veins from irritation, straining, etc. Varicose veins are unsightly and can cause aching and heaviness whereas hemorrhoids tend to cause pain and bleeding
Dr. John Landi
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