Mary, 34 years old, is seeking your assistance with ‘something embarrassing’. After waking up, she noticed some pain and itchiness around her anus, and upon inspection, a sore, discoloured bulge that ‘definitely wasn’t there last week’.
After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:
Competency standards addressed (2016): 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.5
Already read the CPD in the journal? Scroll to the bottom to SUBMIT ANSWERS.
What are haemorrhoids?
Symptomatic haemorrhoids, also known as ‘piles’, are characterised by enlargement, swelling, prolapse and/or thrombosis of swollen blood vessels.1
Haemorrhoids are a normal part of the rectal anatomy, being vascular cushions in the distal (lower) rectal mucosa. They provide a significant proportion of resting anal pressure, around 15–20% , contributing to the complete closure of the anal canal.1 Haemorrhoids a
THIS IS A CPD ARTICLE. YOU NEED TO BE A PSA MEMBER AND LOGGED IN TO READ MORE.