Anal Fissure Directory
An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the lower rectum (anus) that causes pain during bowel movements. Anal fissures are caused by injury to the anal canal by passing a large or hard stool, repeated diarrhea, or childbirth. In some cases, anal fissures can be caused by Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease, and fistulas near the anus. Anal fissures can be accompanied by light bleeding or a yellow discharge and may itch. Anal fissures are typically treated at home. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about the cause of anal fissures, symptoms of anal fissures, treatment of anal fissures, and much more.
Bleeding in the Digestive Tract
Bloody stools can be caused by anything from an ulcer to inflammation of the colon to hemorrhoids. Learn more from WebMD about the diagnosis and treatment of bleeding in the digestive tract.
The Fecal Occult Blood Test
Learn more from WebMD about the fecal occult blood test -- and others -- which is used to detect blood in the stool.
Crohn's Disease Complications
Learn more from WebMD about the health complications of Crohn's disease.
What to Do if You Have Rectal Pain
What should you do if you have rectal pain? Find out now.