A patient who feels ill and complains of chills, fever and pain in the rectum or anus could be suffering from an anal abscess or fistula. These medical terms describe common ailments about which many people know little. An anal fistula, almost always the result of a previous abscess, is a small tunnel connecting the anal gland from which the abscess arose to the skin of the buttocks outside the anus. An abscess results from an acute infection of a small gland just inside the anus, when bacteria or foreign matter enters the tissue through the gland. Certain conditions — colitis or other inflammation of the intestine, for example — can sometimes make these infections more likely. After an abscess has been drained, a tunnel may persist connecting the anal gland from which the abscess arose to the skin.
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Anal fistula is the medical term for an infected tunnel that develops between the skin and the muscular opening at the end of the digestive tract anus. Most anal fistulas are the result of an infection that starts in an anal gland. This infection results in an abscess that drains spontaneously or is drained surgically through the skin next to the anus. The fistula then forms a tunnel under the skin and connects with the infected gland.
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