Pain Relief For Anal Fissure

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Definition

An anal fissure is a small split or tear in the thin moist tissue (mucosa) lining the lower rectum (anus).


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Anal fissures are extremely common in young infants but may occur at any age. Studies suggest 80% of infants will have had an anal fissure by the end of the first year. The rate of anal fissures decreases rapidly with age. Fissures are much less common among school-aged children than infants.

In adults, fissures may be caused by constipation, the...

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