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Do you think you have a thrombosed hemorrhoid? They are troubling, painful, and one of the more common conditions we see. I’ll now tell you about them.   There are two main types of hemorrhoids: Internal and external. Almost all thrombosed hemorrhoids are external hemorrhoids (I talk more about internal hemorrhoids in this post). Thrombosed external hemorrhoids typically are associated with a lump near the anus and acute onset of pain. They don’t usually cause one to have a fever (think abscess). Occasionally, there is bleeding associated with it, but most...

Rectal bleeding is one of the more common symptoms that a colorectal surgeon sees in the office. There are many different causes of blood in the stool; some, like hemorrhoids, are benign and are easily treated. Others, like colon and rectal cancer, are more worrisome and require different treatments. Most people become alarmed when they see blood in their stool and it is a worthwhile topic to discuss.   The most common reason for rectal bleeding is hemorrhoids. You may be thinking I don’t have hemorrhoids. So remember, internal hemorrhoids can cause...

So, you think you have a perianal abscess? It’s a common condition that we see and I’ll tell you more about it.   An abscess is a localized collection of infection (pus). It can occur anywhere, but near the anus is a common location.   The most common presentation is anorectal (butt) pain. It may be associated with some swelling. The pain typically comes on gradually over several days (not to be confused with the pain from a thrombosed hemorrhoid that comes on more acutely and is associated with a lump). You...

by Dr. William J. Harb, M.D. published in the Tennessean, July, 2008   The death of another well-known person from colon cancer, former White House Press Secretary and Fox News correspondent Tony Snow, should once again bring colon cancer to the forefront.  He joins the unfortunate ranks of well-known people who have had colorectal cancer (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and actor John Forsythe) or who have died from colorectal cancer (actors Walter Matthau and Jackie Gleason, football coach Vince Lombardi, artist and creator of...

Published in the Tennessean, March, 2008 by Dr. William J. Harb, M.D. If you want to know how to prevent cancer, keep reading. It may seem surprising, but a simple test can save your life.  I only wish it had been utilized before like it is now.  If it had, maybe colon cancer wouldn’t have affected my family like it has. And maybe if you read this, it won’t have to affect you. My grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer when I was 12.  I remember going over to my grandparents’ house daily...