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What are fistulas and abscesses?
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Dr. Scott Browning
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Related
There are glands located around the anal canal with ducts draining into the canal.
These glands can become infected. When this happens, an abscess developes. Abscesses enlarge and gradually burrow their way to the surface and are either drained by a physician or drain spontaneously. About 50% of the time, the resulting tunnel from the anal canal to the skin persists as a fistula.

In brief: Related
There are glands located around the anal canal with ducts draining into the canal.
These glands can become infected. When this happens, an abscess developes. Abscesses enlarge and gradually burrow their way to the surface and are either drained by a physician or drain spontaneously. About 50% of the time, the resulting tunnel from the anal canal to the skin persists as a fistula.
Dr. Scott Browning
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Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry
In brief: Infection
An abscess is an infection in the body.
The body's response to an infection is to send white blood cells, and other elements of the blood, to the area. The depleted white blood cells accumulate after they have done their job and the body must get rid of them. A fistula is a tube-like structure that the body creates to drain the white blood cells (pus) to get rid of them.

In brief: Infection
An abscess is an infection in the body.
The body's response to an infection is to send white blood cells, and other elements of the blood, to the area. The depleted white blood cells accumulate after they have done their job and the body must get rid of them. A fistula is a tube-like structure that the body creates to drain the white blood cells (pus) to get rid of them.
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