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What causes an anal abscess?

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An anal abscess can have many different causes. These include:

  • An anal fissure, a tear in the anal canal, that becomes infected
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Blocked anal glands

From: Anal Abscess WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Professional: "Anorectal Abscess."

Patient.co.uk: "Anorectal Abscess."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Anal Abscess/Fistula."

MyClevelandClinic.org: "Anal Abscesses/Fistulae Overview."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Professional: "Anorectal Abscess."

Patient.co.uk: "Anorectal Abscess."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Anal Abscess/Fistula."

MyClevelandClinic.org: "Anal Abscesses/Fistulae Overview."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 11, 2017

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