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What Are External Hemorrhoids?

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Updated June 16, 2011

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Hemorrhoids can be found inside or outside the rectum

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Definition:

A hemorrhoid is a distended, or inflamed, blood vessel in the area of the anus or rectum. Hemorrhoids that appear around the anus, or outside of the body, are referred to as "external" hemorrhoids, while those that are found in the rectum are referred to as "internal hemorrhoids."

External hemorrhoids can be treated in a variety of ways, ranging from ointments to surgery.

Also Known As: bloody piles, piles,
Common Misspellings: external hemoroid, hemeroid, hemroid, hemmroid, hemrroid, hemroyd, hem roid, hemm roid
Examples:
The patient consulted a doctor, who diagnosed him with external hemorrhoids.
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