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What sort of problem is an anorectal abscess?

What sort of problem is an anorectal abscess?

Infection: An anorectal or perirectal abscess is a painful infection under the skin near the anal opening. Sometimes there can be redness and painful swelling near the anus. Antibiotics may help, and often surgery is needed to open and drain out the infection. Untreated, the infection can enlarge or spread into deeper tissues. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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What are the tests for anorectal abscess?

What are the tests for anorectal abscess?

Clinical examination: There are no specific tests for anorectal abscess. It is a clinical diagnosis based on history and physical examination. An ultrasound may facilitate identification of collection of pus in the tissue. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an anorectal abscess?

Infection: An anorectal or perirectal abscess is a painful infection under the skin near the anal opening. Sometimes there can be redness and painful swelling near the anus. Antibiotics may help, and often surgery is needed to open and drain out the infection. Untreated, the infection can enlarge or spread into deeper tissues. ...Read more

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What are the tests for anorectal abscess?

Clinical examination: There are no specific tests for anorectal abscess. It is a clinical diagnosis based on history and physical examination. An ultrasound may facilitate identification of collection of pus in the tissue. ...Read more

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Could a hard fall cause an anorectal abscess and anal fistula?

Could a hard fall cause an anorectal abscess and anal fistula?

Yes: Trauma is a known and common cause of infections resulting in abscess and fistula. Consult with a surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get anorectal abscess off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get anorectal abscess off and on?

Possibly: Anorectal abscesses may be related to inflammatory bowel disease such as crohns or ulcerative colitis and/or fistulis tracts in the rectal area. This problem can be serious if not treated and should be evaluated by surgical eval and GI eval. ...Read more

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What are the tests for anorectal abscess?

Clinical examination: There are no specific tests for anorectal abscess. It is a clinical diagnosis based on history and physical examination. An ultrasound may facilitate identification of collection of pus in the tissue. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an anorectal abscess?

Infection: An anorectal or perirectal abscess is a painful infection under the skin near the anal opening. Sometimes there can be redness and painful swelling near the anus. Antibiotics may help, and often surgery is needed to open and drain out the infection. Untreated, the infection can enlarge or spread into deeper tissues. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for Anorectal abscess?

What are the risk factors for Anorectal abscess?

Rectal abscess: The most common predisposing factor is an anal fissure. Inflammatory bowel disease is possible, and a number of diarrheal infections could increase risk. If there is sexual activity involving your anus, especially penile penetration or vigorouf fingering, that's also a possiblity. Howeever, many cases occur without any of these particular factors; some are just random bad luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: anorectal abscess?

What is the definition or description of: anorectal abscess?

See description: The anal glands normally function to lubricate the anal canal to facilitate defecation. If the gland opening gets obstructed and results in infection, an abscess can form. There is usually associated pain. As a rule, the presence of a deep abscess is an indication for incision and drainage. Watching while administering antibiotics is usually inadequate. You should consult a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Is anorectal abscess curable?

Yes: This is manageable with surgical drainage and antibiotics in combination, but important to determine why the abscess occurred and to make sure that other associated conditions are not overlooked. ...Read more

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How long after an anorectal abscess is lanced, is it ok to exercise?

How long after an anorectal abscess is lanced, is it ok to exercise?

Varies but: I usually recommend avoiding strenuous activity for 7-10days and avoiding straddle type activity such as a bicycle for 14+ days or until comfortable. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get anorectal abscess off and on?

Possibly: Anorectal abscesses may be related to inflammatory bowel disease such as crohns or ulcerative colitis and/or fistulis tracts in the rectal area. This problem can be serious if not treated and should be evaluated by surgical eval and GI eval. ...Read more

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my anorectal abscess?

Depends: A primary care doctor can see you but often if they try to drain it in the office, it often is incompletely drained. If in reasonable proximity, having your pcp refer you to a nearby colrectal surgeon is probably the best way to manage and follow you for possible fistula development. ...Read more

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Could a hard fall cause an anorectal abscess and anal fistula?

Yes: Trauma is a known and common cause of infections resulting in abscess and fistula. Consult with a surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for surgery (with a seton) on an anorectal abscess & fistula?

What is the recovery time for surgery (with a seton) on an anorectal abscess & fistula?

Seton takes time: To cut through, may take 8 Wks or little more, is very good technique, less chance of recurrence, and flatus incontinence ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for anorectal abscess, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for anorectal abscess, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Colorectal surgeon: These can be quite tricky, can be deep, extend, and be extensive. See a colorectal surgeon-may need surgical drainage, as well as antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is low grade fever normal following incision and drainage of anorectal abscess?

Is low grade fever normal following incision and drainage of anorectal abscess?

Low grade fever: Is common after any operation that involves general anesthesia, but it really depends how high it is. If it goes above 101, contact your surgeon. You might need to be on antibiotics to control infection in the abscess area. ...Read more

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What is exactly is an anal abscess/fistula?

What is exactly is an anal abscess/fistula?

An infection: In the perianal region, usually derived from the anal glands inside the rectum. A fistula is an abnormal communication between two organs, in this case the rectum and the skin outside the anus. Both require evaluation and often surgery to permanently resolve and prevent recurrences or complications. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Anal Abscess (Definition)

A painful condition in which a collection of pus develops near the anus. Most anal abscesses are a result of infection ...Read more