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What is an anal fissure?

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In brief: Tear of anus.

An anal fissure is a small tear in the lining (mucosa) of the anus.
Typical symptoms associated with anal fissures are pain and bleeding. Fissures are quite common, but are often confused with other causes of pain and bleeding, such as hemorrhoids.

In brief: Tear of anus.

An anal fissure is a small tear in the lining (mucosa) of the anus.
Typical symptoms associated with anal fissures are pain and bleeding. Fissures are quite common, but are often confused with other causes of pain and bleeding, such as hemorrhoids.
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Dr. Allen Kamrava
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Tear in the anus

Fissure is a small tear in your anus.
The pain causes a reflexive squeezing of your anal sphincters which only compounds the problem and prevents healing. Anal fissure is linked with what we call a hypertonic sphincter - a sphincter that is squeezing too much.

In brief: Tear in the anus

Fissure is a small tear in your anus.
The pain causes a reflexive squeezing of your anal sphincters which only compounds the problem and prevents healing. Anal fissure is linked with what we call a hypertonic sphincter - a sphincter that is squeezing too much.
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