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Will I need a rectal exam to diagnose an anal fissure?

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You probably won't need a rectal exam (when the doctor uses a gloved finger to feel inside the anus) or an anoscopy (when the doctor puts a lighted scope into the anal canal). Your doctor may look at the area for a fissure.

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 19, 2020

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 19, 2020

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