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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

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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What are common symptoms of an anal abscess/fistula?

What are common symptoms of an anal abscess/fistula?

Anal Abscess: An anal abscess is a painful condition in which a collection of pus develops near the anus. Most anal abscesses are a result of infection from small anal glands. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/anal-abscess ...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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Could you tell me if this consistently draining anal abscess isn't painful could it still be a fistula?

Could you tell me if this consistently draining anal abscess isn't painful could it still be a fistula?

Yes: You need an exam by a surgeon. Sometimes you may need an exam under anesthesia to correctly diagnose it and treat it at the same time. It could very well be an abscess which hasnt been treated properly. ...Read more

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Can anal abscess fistula cause dizziness and or vertigo? Thanks in advance

Can anal abscess fistula cause dizziness and or vertigo? Thanks in advance

Probably Not: If you are taking medications for the anal fistula then they may be causing symptoms. Inner ear problems often cause vertigo. Check with your treating doctor for an exam if it continues. ...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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Need help docs! my anal abscess burst. What to do next?

Need help docs! my anal abscess burst. What to do next?

See your doctor.: An abscess rupturing is actually a good thing in most cases, in that the infection is now draining. The problem is that allowing an abscess to rupture is usually not complete and adequate drainage. A physician should examine you to make sure further surgical drainage is not needed, and it is likely that you would benefit from an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about peri anal abscess which keeps coming back?

Can you tell me about peri anal abscess which keeps coming back?

If it keeps: Recurring in the exact same spot, you most likely have an anal fistula and will require surgical repair. Best to see a colon and rectal surgeon and determine the diagnosis and treatment options available. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a peri anal abscess which keeps coming back?

What to do if I have a peri anal abscess which keeps coming back?

You probably: have an anal fistula. Consult a colorectal surgeon, who can prescribe best treatment, which might include surgical fistulotomy. ...Read more

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Fistula (Definition)

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two places. Most commonly, it originates somewhere in the intestine and communicates to another location in the intestine or in the skin. A fistula can develop after abdominal surgery, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, anorectal abscess, and ...Read more


Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Anal Abscess (Definition)

The anal glands normally function to lubricate the anal canal to facilitate defecation. If the gland opening is obstructed and gets infected, a painful abscess can form. Although a minor abscess can be treated by antibiotics, a deep abscess usually must be incised and drained by a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more