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What are anal fissures?

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An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of your anus or anal canal, the lowest part of your intestinal tract. It can make bowel movements very painful and can even cause pain that lasts for hours after you've gone to the bathroom.

An anal fissure is usually a short-term (or acute) problem. It's considered chronic when symptoms last for more than 6 weeks. Chronic anal fissures may be harder to treat and may be a symptom of another condition, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

From: Anal Fissure Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

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American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Anal Fissure," "Practice Parameters for the Management of Anal Fissures (3 Revision)." rd

Cleveland Clinic: "Anal Fissures."

NHS Choices: "Anal fissure - Introduction."

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

Ferri, F. , Mosby, 2011. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2012, 1 Edition st

AboutKidsHealth: "Anal Fissure."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Anal Fissure," "Practice Parameters for the Management of Anal Fissures (3 Revision)." rd

Cleveland Clinic: "Anal Fissures."

NHS Choices: "Anal fissure - Introduction."

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

Ferri, F. , Mosby, 2011. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2012, 1 Edition st

AboutKidsHealth: "Anal Fissure."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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