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What is exactly is an anal abscess/fistula?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Stephen Pool
Emergency Medicine

In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Stephen Pool
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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine

In brief: An infection/tear

An anal fistula is an abnormal connection between the anus and something else, such as the skin or bladder.
This is called an abscess if an infection develops. An abscess can occur without a fistula.

In brief: An infection/tear

An anal fistula is an abnormal connection between the anus and something else, such as the skin or bladder.
This is called an abscess if an infection develops. An abscess can occur without a fistula.
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