What is anal fistula

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An anal abscess is an infected cavity filled with pus found near the anus or rectum. Ninety percent of abscesses are the result of an acute infection in the internal glands of the anus. Occasionally, bacteria, fecal material or foreign matter can clog an anal gland and tunnel into the tissue around the anus or rectum, where it may then collect in a cavity called an abscess. An anal fistula also commonly called fistula-in-ano is frequently the result of a previous or current anal abscess.

Anal Fistulas

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Most anal fistulas form in reaction to an anal gland that has developed a pus-filled infection abscess. Even if your abscess drains on its own, you have about the same risk for a fistula. Certain conditions that affect your lower digestive tract or anal area may also increase your risk. These include:. The specialist will ask about your symptoms and your medical history.

Abscess and Fistula Expanded Information

An anal fistula is an abnormal tube-like connection that forms between the inside of the anus at the anal gland and the skin right outside the anus. Think of it as a tunnel. The abscess that causes the fistula is quite painful.
Anal fistula is the medical term for an infected tunnel that develops between the skin and the muscular opening at the end of the digestive tract anus. Most anal fistulas are the result of an infection that starts in an anal gland. This infection results in an abscess that drains spontaneously or is drained surgically through the skin next to the anus. The fistula then forms a tunnel under the skin and connects with the infected gland.