Anal abscess fistula

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NCBI Bookshelf. Munich: Zuckschwerdt; Mappes and E. Authors H. Anal fistulae and abscesses of the perianal region are different manifestations of the same clinical disease.

Abscess and Fistula

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This is an infection that appears as a tender red lump under the skin near the anus. This lump can grow large and become painful. This type of abscess happens most often in babies and children under a year of age. It may drain fluid pus on its own and then heal and disappear. An abscess that does not drain by itself may need to be drained in the office by the Pediatric Surgeon. Sometimes an abscess will return if a fistula, or tube like connection, forms between the inside of the anus and the skin. Once a fistula forms, bacteria from the intestine becomes trapped and causes the infection to return.

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A patient who feels ill and complains of chills, fever and pain in the rectum or anus could be suffering from an anal abscess or fistula. These medical terms describe common ailments about which many people know little. What is an anal abscess? An anal abscess is an infected cavity filled with pus found near the anus or rectum.
An anal fistula also called fistula-in-ano is a small tunnel that tracks from an opening inside the anal canal to an outside opening in the skin near the anus. An anal fistula often results from a previous or current anal abscess. However, a fistula can also occur without an abscess. Small glands just inside the anus are part of normal anatomy. If the glands in the anus become clogged, this may result in an infection.