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Dr. Mark Pack
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Anal Fissure (Overview)

Anal fissure is a condition where there is a tear in the tissue lining the anus or lower rectum. This causes pain and bleeding.


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What sort of problem is an anal fissure?

What sort of problem is an anal fissure?

Tear: An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the intestine in the area of your anal opening. This can result in pain while having a bowel movement and some bleeding too. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
411 doctors shared insights

Anal Fissure (Overview)

Anal fissure is a condition where there is a tear in the tissue lining the anus or lower rectum. This causes pain and bleeding.


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How does an anal fissure cause constipation?

How does an anal fissure cause constipation?

It usually doesn't : In general, anal fissures do not cause constipation, unless you are intentionally stopping yourself from having a bowel movement because you're aware of the fissure. On the other hand, hard stools that happen when you are constipated can cause a fissure. ...Read more

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Is incomplete emptying of bowels a symptom of anal fissure i've had anal fissure since a past few months and hasn't healed by itself.

Could be: Controlling the pain may help with evacuation by decreasing spasm (and fear of pain). There are creams and other methods that help heal fissure often without surgery. See a general, colorectal surgeon or proctologist. ...Read more

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Anal bleeding : what do I do? Is it serious? I am an 18 year old male, and this has happened about 3-5 times now. I have anal bleeding, and it always passes as bright red blood, like that of an anal fissure. I do not share symptoms with anal fissure thoug

Anal bleeding : what do I do? Is it serious? I am an 18 year old male, and this has happened about 3-5 times now. I have anal bleeding, and it always passes as bright red blood, like that of an anal fissure. I do not share symptoms with anal fissure thoug

You : You may be dealing with an internal hemorrhoid. These are usually painless and can cause quite a lot of bleeding. On the other hand rectal polyps, tumors, and like you stated fissures can be the cause amongst other things. You really need to see a doctor for this problem. You will need a rectal exam, stool testing for blood, and a test to make sure you are not anemic due to all the bleeding. Your doctor may also want additional tests based on your history and exam. I know you probably don't want to see a doctor for a rectal exam, however it is in your best interest to get a diagnosis and prompt treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with anal fissure as source of bleeding for 5 years, failing to heal, no pain though. Fair diagnosis ?

Diagnosed with anal fissure as source of bleeding for 5 years, failing to heal, no pain though. Fair diagnosis ?

At 23 not likely : but Squamous cell carcinomas of anal canal mimics anal fissure , could be missed if biopsy is not done in long standing cases and in older age group ( not at 23 ) . Anal fissure of 5 years is too long speak to your doctor for alternative therapy svn surgery and biopsy of the area . ...Read more

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Diagnosed with anal fissure. Pain not getting worse but is now spreading frontwards. What can I do?

Diagnosed with anal fissure. Pain not getting worse but is now spreading frontwards. What can I do?

Follow-up: If you are having changing symptoms, you should followup with your doctor. Possibly seek out a specialist in colon and rectal surgery to fully evaluate your symptoms. Persistent anal fissure symptoms may require surgery. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible with an anal fissure burning rectally so bad that its possible to have vaginal burning as well? Urine test today just incase uti?

Is it possible with an anal fissure burning rectally  so bad that its possible to have vaginal burning as well?  Urine test today just incase uti?

Yes: Anal fissure can be literally a pain in the butt. It cause quite a bit of pain but if the pain continue to worsen please see your surgeon. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an anal fissure?

How do you know if you have an anal fissure?

Pain and bleeding: Rectal pain and bleeding is usually a fissure. Internal hemorrhoids usually bleed painlessly and external hemorrhoids usually hurt and don't bleed. If the fissure is chronic, present for more than a couple of months, the pain and bleeding may resolve but that does not mean the fissure is gone. Have an expert examine to confirm actual healing of the fissure once symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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What causes anal fissures?

Trauma.: Anal fissures are usually the result of trauma to the inner mucosal lining of the anus. Most commonly this occurs when the anal canal stretches after a hard, dry bowel movement. Other causes of a fissure include diarrhea or inflammatory conditions of the anal area. Less commonly, an anal fissure may result from foreign body insertion or anal intercourse. ...Read more

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Colorectal surgeon said I have obvious posterior anal fissure & gave cream to heal. What does obvious posterior mean? Is it really bad? Healing well.

Obvious means seen: Obvious just means that the fissure was easily detected on his exam. Not a bad thing, just proof of a solid diagnosis. Continue your treatment. ...Read more

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Fissure (Definition)

Grooves or clefts in various anatomical structures such as the brain (transverse fissure between cerebrum & cerebellum), the skull (sphenoidal fissure), the liver (for the ligamentum teres), the lung (oblique fissure), the spinal cord (ventral median fissure), or other structures such as the palpebral fissure between upper & lower eyelids. Can also be a tear in a structure ...Read more


Anus (Definition)

The anus is the opening of the rectum, through which stool and flatus are passed. The anal canal is about an inch in length, and is ...Read more