Which factors increase the risk of hemorrhoids?

Updated: Sep 24, 2019
  • Author: Kyle R Perry, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Other risk factors historically associated with the development of hemorrhoids include the following:

  • Lack of erect posture

  • Familial tendency

  • Higher socioeconomic status

  • Chronic diarrhea

  • Colon malignancy

  • Hepatic disease

  • Obesity

  • Elevated anal resting pressure

  • Spinal cord injury

  • Loss of rectal muscle tone

  • Rectal surgery

  • Episiotomy

  • Anal intercourse

  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis, and Crohn disease

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