Anal fissure

  • Symptoms

    Anal fissures may cause painful bowel movements and bleeding. There may be blood on the outside of the stool or on the toilet tissue (or baby wipes) following a bowel movement.

    Other symptoms may include:

    • A crack in the skin that can be seen when the area is stretched slightly (the fissure is almost always in the middle)
    • Constipation

    Signs and tests

    The health care provider will perform a rectal exam and look at a sample of the rectal (anal) tissue.