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Genetic Study Sheds Light On Why People Get Hemorrhoids

Medical Xpress

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Hemorrhoids, also called piles, affect a large portion of the population, for reasons that have mostly remained unknown.

Now an international study which investigated the DNA of nearly 1 million people has identified some likely causes.

Found at the very end of the digestive tract, hemorrhoids are blood filled cushions, but when they swell they cause pain, itching and sometimes bleeding, limiting everyday activities. While most people suffering from hemorrhoids find the symptoms can be resolved with over-the-counter treatments, more severe forms of hemorrhoids require surgical treatment.

Many factors have been proposed that render ...