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 Anal Fistula
 

Fever or chills accompanied by rectal discomfort could be symptoms of a common and easily cured condition. Unfortunately, many people are embarrassed by anal or rectal problems and delay consulting a doctor. Something as simple as an infected gland (or abscess) may develop into a fistula requiring surgery if left untreated. Abscesses and fistulas are both benign conditions which can usually be treated on an outpatient basis.

After an abscess has been drained, a fistula or tunnel may form connecting the anal gland to the skin of the buttocks outside the anus. Surgery is required for a fistula . The procedure usually involves cutting a small part of the anal sphincter muscle to open the tunnel, join the external and internal opening. This converts the tunnel into a groove which will then heal. Both procedures can usually be performed on an outpatient basis.

Early treatment is always best. Please consult your doctor promptly.


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