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When to seek medical care for hemorrhoids
When to call the doctor
Which specialties of doctors treat hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are a common problem and most often may be treated by a primary care provider, internist, emergency or urgent care provider. Surgeons may need to operate to remove enlarged or inflamed hemorrhoids.
How are hemorrhoids diagnosed?
Diagnosis of hemorrhoids is usually made by history and physical examination by the health-care professional. Inspection of the anus and a digital rectal examination are often performed. Depending upon the situation, past medical history, medications and stability of the patient, treatment may follow with no further testing.
If there is concern that significant bleeding has occurred, a complete blood count (CBC) to measure blood hemoglobin and hematocrit levels, and platelet count is obtained. If the patient is on warfarin (Coumadin), a prothrombin time (PT) or INR may be done to measure the blood clotting levels.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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