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Treatment of uncomplicated hemorrhoids with a Hemor-Rite® cryotherapy device: a randomized, prospective, comparative study

Authors Guindic LC, Frank P

Received 17 January 2013

Accepted for publication 3 July 2013

Published 16 January 2014 Volume 2014:7 Pages 57—63

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JPR.S42872

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Luis Charúa Guindic

Coloproctology Unit, General Hospital of México, México City, México

Abstract: Hemorrhoids are one of the most common ailments known. Often described as "varicose veins of the anus and rectum", hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in, and about the anus and lower rectum. About 75% of people will have hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. This paper shares the results from the clinical evaluation conducted to study effects of cryotherapy in treating uncomplicated hemorrhoids. The device used in the study is based on topically-applied cold therapy which can produce vasoconstriction in the tissues, tissue hypoxia, analgesia, and muscle relaxation. Cryotherapy was shown to be statistically similar or superior to proctology ointment in some of the parameters studied such as reduction of pain and hemorrhage. Overall it was observed that cryotherapy device contributes to improving the quality of life of patients with hemorrhoids.

Keywords: cryotherapy, hemorrhage, hemorrhoids, analgesic

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