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How do doctors diagnose anal fissures?

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In most cases, discussing your symptoms can give your doctor enough information to diagnose an anal fissure. Be sure to tell her:

Your doctor may ask you about your diet, bowel habits, and if you have any other medical conditions or intestinal problems.

  • When you have pain, burning, or itching
  • How bad your discomfort is
  • How long the pain and discomfort usually lasts
  • What type of bleeding you've seen
  • What, if anything, improves your symptoms

From: How Anal Fissures Are Diagnosed WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Anal Fissure."

Cleveland Clinic: "Anal Fissures."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Anal fissure (Beyond the Basics)."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Flexible Sigmoidoscopy," "Colonoscopy."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Anal Fissure."

Cleveland Clinic: "Anal Fissures."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Anal fissure (Beyond the Basics)."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Flexible Sigmoidoscopy," "Colonoscopy."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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