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What is the difference between rectal prolapse and hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Different conditions

Rectal prolapse involves the abnormal movement of the lining of the rectum to outside the anus.
Hemorrhoid are dilated veins in the anus and rectum. Either condition may result in discomfort near the rectum or rectal bleeing. Rectal prolapse may require surgical treatment, hemmorrhoids can be treated with creams, placement of bands or surgery if severe.

In brief: Different conditions

Rectal prolapse involves the abnormal movement of the lining of the rectum to outside the anus.
Hemorrhoid are dilated veins in the anus and rectum. Either condition may result in discomfort near the rectum or rectal bleeing. Rectal prolapse may require surgical treatment, hemmorrhoids can be treated with creams, placement of bands or surgery if severe.
Dr. Howard Hack
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Depends

Hemorrhoidal prolapse is prolapse of the mucosa which is the superficial layer of the rectum. Complete rectal prolapse is full thickness and involves all layers of the rectum. Hemorrhoidectomy will not resolve a complete rectal prolapse.
See a colorectal surgeon to determine the extent of the prolapse.

In brief: Depends

Hemorrhoidal prolapse is prolapse of the mucosa which is the superficial layer of the rectum. Complete rectal prolapse is full thickness and involves all layers of the rectum. Hemorrhoidectomy will not resolve a complete rectal prolapse.
See a colorectal surgeon to determine the extent of the prolapse.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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