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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Ahmed Younes M.B.B.CH [2]

Overview

In the USA, the prevalence is about 4,400 per 100,000 individuals. Only about 500,000 patients in the U.S. are medically treated for massive hemorrhage, with 10 to 20% requiring surgery.[1]

Epidemiology and Demographics

Prevalence

  • In the USA, the prevalence is about 4,400 per 100,000 individuals.[2]
  • It is estimated that approximately one half of all Americans have had this condition by the age of 50, and that 50% to 85% of the world's population will be affected by hemorrhoids at some point in their life. However, only a small number seek medical treatment.
  • Annually, only about 500,000 in the U.S. are medically treated for massive hemorrhage, with 10 to 20% requiring surgery.[1]

Age

Hemorrhoids are most prevalent in people between 45-65 years old.[1]

Gender

Both males and females are affected equally by hemorrhoids.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Johanson JF, Sonnenberg A (1990). "The prevalence of hemorrhoids and chronic constipation. An epidemiologic study". Gastroenterology. 98 (2): 380–6. PMID 2295392. 
  2. Johanson JF, Sonnenberg A (1990). "The prevalence of hemorrhoids and chronic constipation. An epidemiologic study". Gastroenterology. 98 (2): 380–6. PMID 2295392. 



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