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what are fistulas and abscesses?

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Dr. Scott Browning
29 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Related: There are glands located around the anal canal with ducts draining into the canal. These glands can become infected. When this happens, an abscess developes. Abscesses enlarge and gradually burrow their way to the surface and are either drained by a physician or drain spontaneously. About 50% of the time, the resulting tunnel from the anal canal to the skin persists as a fistula.
Answered on Oct 6, 2016
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Dr. Robert Ryan
49 years experience Dentistry
Infection: An abscess is an infection in the body. The body's response to an infection is to send white blood cells, and other elements of the blood, to the area. The depleted white blood cells accumulate after they have done their job and the body must get rid of them. A fistula is a tube-like structure that the body creates to drain the white blood cells (pus) to get rid of them.
Answered on Mar 11, 2014
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Dr. Mark Pack answered
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Variable: It is hard to say how long it will take to heal. Without knowing how bad the fistula and the abscess is, I cannot answer your question accurately.

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