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A 38-year-old female asked:

Can you please tell me what causes an anal fistula?

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Dr. John Langell
Aerospace Medicine 24 years experience
Infected anal gland: the most common cause if an infected gland near the anus typically due to obstruction of the gland. Thus results in a small abscess. The abscess needs to drain to prevent you from becoming sick. It does this by finding a path to release to release the puss. The pathway is typically to the adjacent skin near the anus. In rare circumstance fistulas can be the result of Crohnes or cancer.
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