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An anal abscess is an infected, pus-filled cavity near the anus or rectum. In up to half of patients with abscesses, an anal fistula will occur, which is a tunnel under the skin that connects the infected glands to the abscess.
An abscess can be painful. Generally, surgical drainage is the preferred treatment. WakeMed’s colorectal surgeons are experienced with surgical options for effective relief.
What Are the Symptoms and Risk Factors of Anal Abscesses and Fistulas?
Signs that you may have an anal abscess and/or fistula include:
An anal abscess is generally caused by some kind of infection or damage to the anal area, including:
Risk factors of developing anal abscesses include:
Our doctors will start by taking a full medical history and performing a physical examination of the anal area.
Small and superficial abscesses can be drained by a colorectal surgeon in the doctor’s office, using only a local anesthetic. Larger ones may require a short stay in the hospital.
After surgery for either an abscess or fistula, patients may experience some discomfort as the area heals. Sitting in warm baths and using pain medication can help.
Learn more about what to expect from colorectal surgery.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing worrisome symptoms, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our adult gastroenterologists, pediatric gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeons.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610