Anal fissure: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

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.

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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

Diagnosis & Tests

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

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Review Date : 7/17/2008
Reviewed By : Jenifer K. Lehrer, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Frankford-Torresdale Hospital, Jefferson Health System, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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