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rootsmith
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   Posted 12/20/2007 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw a new gyn today and asked for her opinion on my bottom- was that blob of flesh a perianal skin tag you get in diseases like crohn's?   She wasn't sure, said it didn't look like a skin tag to her and it wasn't a hemmorhoid. I should ask my gi to take a look to be sure.  She said it looked like "redundant tissue", where the mucosal lining turns outside.  She seemed puzzled.  
 
Any ideas?   I plan to follow her suggestion at my next gi check.    This could be more evidence.     
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft


RK
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   Posted 12/20/2007 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't really know what mine was either because it doesn't look like the skin tags I've seen on the internet. But from what I understand, any lining that is permanently pushed out can be considered an anal skin tag. Not very pretty to look at, but harmless for the most part.

31 year old female diagnosed with CD in 2001. Currently taking Pentasa.


pb4
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   Posted 12/20/2007 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Nope, not pretty to look at..here's a link...the first pic is hemmies, the second pic is anal skin tags (aks: elephant ears)...

 

http://www.emedmag.com/html/pre/fea/features/011504.asp

 

 

 

:)


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


rootsmith
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   Posted 12/20/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
So are they evidence of Crohn's?

10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft


rootsmith
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   Posted 12/20/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Looking at the link again, it looks more like the sentinel pile (but larger) and hypertrophic papillae in the section on anal fissures   However, I don't seem to have a fissure.

10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft


wednesday77
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   Posted 12/20/2007 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had one since I was a teenager.  My drs said it was a hemmorhoid and I almost had it banded to get it removed (at my request, the dr said it was harmless, but ended up not having it done.  thankfully now) b/c I do have Crohn's and from what I understand having these removed do NOT heal well and cause all kinds of problems.  I have also had fissures during flare ups and the skin tag gets enlarged and painful.  Not fun.  Interesting that I have had this since before I ever had any other problems though. 

rootsmith
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   Posted 12/21/2007 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I took a better look today and decided that mine do resemble elephant ears except that one is very much larger than the other one so you don't notice the smaller one as much. The larger one is about the size of an earlobe. It seems to be a continuation of the perineum skin and the rectal mucosa (I am assuming it is that as it is pink and glistening), a blob of flesh, like an earlobe. What has me wondering is that the gyn was puzzled. She didn't think it was something to worry about but I should have it checked as she wasn't sure what it was, so that must mean it is something different because a gyn has seen a lot of bottoms. She has seen a lot of hemmorhoids.
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft


pb4
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   Posted 12/21/2007 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Your gyn was puzzled because it's not exactly something they often see...heck my own GP 16 yrs ago and GP's even before that saw mine and all chalked it up to being hemmies, which they were not and I did have mine banded when they were having the worst flare ever, bad move but obviously even the colon and rectom surgeon who did the banding on mine wasn't smart enough to tell the difference as had she known they were "elephant ears" she wouldn't have touched them in any way shape or form.

Apparently using cortifoam can help bring them out of a flare (shrink them back down)

When I was a teen the skin tags were my first signs of CD for my future, but they came and went quickly on their own and whenever a doc did see them, they would all tell me it was hemmies (they were all wrong) wasn't until my early 20's (a yr and a half after giving birth to my first baby) that the tags flared up and went crazy on me...which I guess with everyone believing they were hemmies is why they rushed me in for an emergency hemheroidectomy on them.  During that time, just before the surgery my CD was starting internally for the first time ever, colon, rectom, ileum and obviously the anus.

Live and learn the hard way was my experiance with them...I still have mine of course because they tied them off (banded them) while they were flaring so mine have remained flaring ever since (entire 16 yrs now).

:)


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


rootsmith
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   Posted 12/22/2007 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
PB4, I am really sorry you had such a bad experience with these but think of all the people you are helping. I, for one, will not let anyone touch them at the present time, after hearing your story. Even though I am relatively pain free on pentasa I still have this uncomfortable feeling that is hard to describe, kind of in that area. I am wondering if they are mildly inflamed and the reason why they are so much larger than in the past. But it is not a major problem, just possibly more evidence that I really do have crohn's. I will be looking into this. Thanks
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft

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