Anal Abscess (and Anal Fistula)
(Anal Rectal Abscess; Anorectal Abscess; Anal Rectal Fistula; Anorectal Fistula)
Abscess located near the surface of the skin on the buttocks:
- Pain and tenderness radiating from the location of the abscess
- Visible redness and swelling
Abscess located deeper within the rectum:
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Swelling in the rectum that can be seen during examination of the rectum
- MRI scan
Complications of Treatment
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- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 10/2012 -
- Update Date: 10/31/2012 -