Thursday, 03 March 2005 13:21


Haemorrhoids (piles) are enlarged and engorged blood vessels in the anal
canal, which may prolapse out of the anus.

Causes include pregnancy, chronic constipation (due to straining), obesity
and less commonly, liver disease, rarely a mass in the abdomen.

About half of the UK population will suffer from piles at some time in their
life. The prevalence increases with age.

Haemorrhoids are classified as




Thrombosed haemorrhoids (with a blood clot)

Dr. Sarah Andreae-Jones MB BS
Patron of ASG