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(Anal Rectal Abscess; Anorectal Abscess)
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- Pain and tenderness radiating from the location of the abscess if it is near the surface
- Lower abdominal pain if it is located deeper in the rectum
- Redness and swelling—visible with a surface abscess; also occurs in a deep abscess, but cannot be seen
- Pus drainage
- Over-the-counter or prescription pain medication
- Stool softeners, fiber, or bulk laxatives
American College of Gastroenterology http://gi.org
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons http://www.fascrs.org
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology http://www.cag-acg.org
Capital Health http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca
Abcarian H. Anorectal infection: Abscess-fistula. Clin Colon Rect Surg. 2011;24(1):14-21.
Anal abscess/fistula. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.fascrs.org/patients/conditions/anal%5Fabscess%5Ffistula. Updated October 2012. Accessed November 14, 2013.
Anal rectal abscess and fistula. Hemorrhoid website. Available at: http://www.hemorrhoid.net/abscess.php. Accessed November 14, 2013.
Anorectal abscess. John Hopkins Medicine website. Available at: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/adult/digestive%5Fdisorders/anorectal%5Fabscess%5F134,175. Accessed November 14, 2013.
Caliste X, Nazir S, et al. Sensitivity of computed tomography in detection of perirectal abscess. Am Surg. 2011;77(2):166-168.
Schaffzin DM, Wong WD. Surgeon-performed ultrasound: endorectal ultrasound. Surg Clin North Am. 2004;84(4):1127-1149, vii.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2013
- Update Date: 11/14/2013