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Rectal Fissure Overview

Another name for Rectal Fissure is Anal Fissure.

What is an anal fissure?
A person with an anal fissure has small cuts or tears in the skin surrounding the anus. Anal fissures are common in infants and can form after the passage of a hard stool.

What are the symptoms of an anal fissure?
Symptoms of an anal fissure include anal itching, anal pain, and bleeding from a tiny cut in the skin around the anus.

How does the doctor treat an anal fissure?
Treatment for an anal fissure often includes warm baths, ointments, corticosteroids, stool softeners, and a high fiber diet.

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Last Updated: Jul 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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