The anal canal is the last part of the rectum before the anus. When the lining of the anal canal develops a tear or a sore (ulcer), it is called an anal fissure. Fissures can occur in anyone, but are more common in middle aged or young adults. A fissure can be difficult to heal as it causes a spasm in the anal sphincter and aggravates itself, creating a vicious circle of pain and irritation.
Symptoms Of An Anal Fissure :
Symptoms of a fissure include :
- Bright red blood in the toilet bowel or on paper.
- Painful bowel movements.
Diagnosing Anal Fissures :
A fissure is typically diagnosed via either a visual or a digital rectal exam. A special tool called an anoscope or a sigmoidoscope may also be used. Either of these two tests can determine if any bleeding from the anus is truly from a fissure or caused by a different problem.