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Posted by: | 2019/04/16

Q.

Hard lumpy mass behind rectal wall

After a few episodes of finding blood on my toilet paper when passing a stool (no blood in the stool), I bought some hemorrhoid cream and since using it, the intermittent bleeding episodes have stopped. Upon some self-inspection around and inside the anus I found a hard lumpy spot just inside. There is a small pimply sized spot or mark about 2mm in size just inside the anus and to the rear and right side of the rectum wall. At this site, but what seems to be behind the rectum wall there is this 2cm by 1cm lumpy hard mass. I have since been to my local Doctor to get it diagnosed and he found a number of things. A bit of tearing and anal fissures, but he said that the hard lumpy mass was a hemorrhoid. Having felt it myself and how it feels quite hard and it has a sharp edge on part of it I found myself feeling doubtful about his diagnosis. Another concern is that I have over the past few weeks urinated what might be a slight tinge of red. I am doing a urine test for this but my concern is that the lump is cancerous and may have spread causing bleeding in my urinary system.

Expert's Reply

A.

Cancer expert
- 2019/04/16

Dear Anonymous. I can understand your concern regarding the lump in your rectum. The explanation provided by your treating physician seems more than plausible. Haemorrhoids often become engorged, even to the extent of blood clotting inside them - making them feel hard and solid. For your own peace of mind, you may want to request your treating physician to refer you for a second opinion so that a definite diagnosis can be made and correct treatment instituted.
As far as tinge of red recently seen in your urine, this could also form part of the referral. Remember that you have the right to a second opinion. (MCH).

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