Anal Skin Tag - Threat to DODMERB process?

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  1. armoredfury193

    armoredfury193 5-Year Member

    Jun 28, 2010
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    Hello, I was recently looking over the medical examination review board report of medical history and I saw that item 42 involved Hemorrhoids and rectal disease.

    Several years ago I got a hemorrhoid that lasted a wasn't discomforting or large enough (about the size of a child's fingernail) to warrant a doctor's visit; and besides, we were on vacation. However, the hemorrhoid left what is called a skin tag (basically a flap of skin where the hemorrhoid was). It doesn't hurt or cause any problems - in fact, the last time I thought about it was when I read that section of the form.

    As I understand it, the examiner is required to do a visual rectal exam. Therefore, I obviously need to answer "yes" to the Hemorrhoids/rectal disease item on the medical history form, because the skin tag is obvious proof that I had a hemorrhoid. My question is whether or not this would be considered a serious issue by the examiner or by those reviewing my medical history. Will they require documentation from my doctor or something? My doctor wasn't even involved in "treating" this anyway, seeing as the actual hemorrhoid was gone in a week. Also, will this kind of thing require a waiver or cause my application to take longer to process?

    The reason I am asking is that I have a deadline for the completion of the examination, and I was just hoping that this wouldn't jeopardize that. Thank you all for your help in this somewhat embarrassing but important issue.
  2. MullenLE

    MullenLE 5-Year Member

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