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Exactly 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Could you tell me if this consistently draining anal abscess isn't painful could it still be a fistula?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer