Anorectal abscess: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

* Constipation (may occur)
* Discharge of pus from the rectum
* Fever
* Lump or nodule, swollen, red, tender at edge of anus
* Pain associated with bowel movements
* Painful, hardened tissue

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In infants, the abscess often appears as a swollen, red, tender lump at the edge of the anus. The infant may be fussy from discomfort, but there are generally no other symptoms.

Diagnosis & Tests

A rectal examination may confirm that you have an anorectal abscess. A proctosigmoidoscopy may be done to rule out other diseases.

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Review Date : 5/9/2009
Reviewed By : Linda Vorvick, MD, Family Physician, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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