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. Normal anatomy includes small glands just inside the anus.
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Anal/Rectal Abscess: Overview, Causes, and Symptoms
It can occur on its own or at the same time as other forms of Crohn's disease which cause inflammation in other parts of the digestive system. It is a life-long chronic condition which cannot currently be cured and is part of a group of conditions known as inflammatory bowel disease IBD. It most commonly affects the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine, however it can affect any part of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus. Treatments currently include medication and surgery.
Perianal abscess in Crohn's disease.
I'm very pleased to have Dr. Luca Stocchi here with us. Luca is the head of research in the Department of Colorectal Surgery and is also a full professor of surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. And today we're going to talk a little bit about perianal Crohn's disease. Scott Steele : I want to start out by having you tell the audience a little bit about you.
An anal, or rectal, abscess occurs when a cavity in the anus becomes filled with pus. It causes extreme pain, fatigue , rectal discharge, and fever. In some cases, anal abscesses can result in painful anal fistulas. A blocked anal gland, a sexually transmitted infection STI , or an infected anal fissure can cause anal abscesses.