The prevalence of hemorrhoids


The clinical records of 835 patients were reviewed. Five hundred ninety four had symptoms of hemorrhoids (symptomatic group) and 241 had no symptoms (asymptomatic group). Eighty-six per cent of the entire group had hemorrhoids, 88 per cent among the symptomatic group and 82 per cent among the asymptomatic group.

It was felt that if the prevalence rate of hemorrhoids in the symptomatic and asymptomatic groups is similar or close to similar in every age, it is likely that a certain number of people will have hemorrhoids in every age group irrespective of the presence or absence of symptoms. If the prevalence rate is high, it would seem to support the theory that hemorrhoids are normal parts of the human body, not a disease but a sign of aging.

Although the difference in the prevalence rate overall in the symptomatic and asymptomatic groups, 88 versus 82 per cent was mathematically significant, this was due to the large sample size and it was small enough to be without clinical importance. No significant differences in the prevalence rate between symptomatic and asymptomatic patients within age groups were found.

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Haas, P.A., Haas, G.P., Schmaltz, S. et al. The prevalence of hemorrhoids. Dis Colon Rectum 26, 435–439 (1983).

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  • Hemorrhoids, occurrence
  • Hemorrhoids, etiology
  • Hemorrhoids, pathology