Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Abnormal Discharge from the Rectum Overview

Another name for Abnormal Discharge from the Rectum is Anal Discharge.

What is an anal discharge?
A person with an anal discharge has liquid draining from the anus. The liquid may be mucus or pus, which can also contain small amounts of blood. An anal discharge may be caused by infection or inflammation. Causes of anal discharge include proctitis, anal prolapse, anal fistula, anal foreign body, anal cancer, and venereal disease.

What are the symptoms of an anal discharge?
Common symptoms that occur with an anal discharge include anal pain, anal bleeding, anal tenderness, anal redness, and anal swelling.

How does the doctor treat an anal discharge?
Treatment for an anal discharge depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for anal discharge may include medicated creams or pads, stool softeners, antibiotics, and surgery.

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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