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Is it normal to have anal fissures?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: No

Anal fissures are common, but not normal; tears in the lining of the anus; often assoc with hard stool, and/or tight anal sphincter. If they are in the north/south locations of the anus can be seen in otherwise healthy people; other locations can be assoc with things like crohn's disease; crohn's fissures can be north/south too.
See your doc, gi, or colorectal specialist; may (not) be a big thing.

In brief: No

Anal fissures are common, but not normal; tears in the lining of the anus; often assoc with hard stool, and/or tight anal sphincter. If they are in the north/south locations of the anus can be seen in otherwise healthy people; other locations can be assoc with things like crohn's disease; crohn's fissures can be north/south too.
See your doc, gi, or colorectal specialist; may (not) be a big thing.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: No

Fissures result from irregular bowel patterns and the ling of the anal canal tears over the internal sphincter. They are usually orient at 12 or 6 o'clock.
Fissure off the midline may be indicative of other more serious maladies. See a colorectal surgeon for proper evaluation.

In brief: No

Fissures result from irregular bowel patterns and the ling of the anal canal tears over the internal sphincter. They are usually orient at 12 or 6 o'clock.
Fissure off the midline may be indicative of other more serious maladies. See a colorectal surgeon for proper evaluation.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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