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- ‘Like varicose veins, piles often improve or disappear completely after the baby is born, but occasionally surgery is needed.’
- ‘Surgical removal of piles is called haemorrhoidectomy.’
- ‘Stomach ulcers, piles, ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon) and bowel cancer may cause bleeding in the gut and result in anaemia.’
- ‘Haemorrhoids, also known as piles are rather like varicose veins in the canal of the anus.’
- ‘A Dalit woman who had come to a local private nursing home for treatment of piles, allegedly died because of doctor's negligence.’
- ‘Unfortunately confusion still exists among lay people and doctors, who misuse the terms haemorrhoids and piles to cover a variety of complaints.’
Late Middle English: probably from Latin pila ball (because of the globular form of external haemorrhoids).
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