An introduction to haemorrhoids (piles)

What are Haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids or Piles are “cushions” containing blood vessels and are located inside the anal canal. They are found in everyone and play an important role in maintaining a gas tight seal of the anal canal. The term haemorrhoid is used to describe the downward slide of the anal cushions which varies from minimal to full prolapse of the anal cushions. Haemorrhoids may be present for many years but remain undetected until symptoms appear. They affect over 50% of those over the age of 50 years.

Grading of haemorrhoids/piles

What Symptoms do they cause?

Some of these symptoms associated with haemorrhoids are indistinguishable from other more serious bowel conditions such as cancer and if they persist medical advise should be sought.

Bleeding from other causes:

Other causes of a lump:

What causes haemorrhoids?

How to avoid haemorrhoids

Investigation of Haemorrhoids

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