An anal, or rectal, abscess occurs when a cavity in the anus becomes filled with pus. It causes extreme pain, fatigue , rectal discharge, and fever. In some cases, anal abscesses can result in painful anal fistulas. A blocked anal gland, a sexually transmitted infection STI , or an infected anal fissure can cause anal abscesses. Some other risk factors include:.
Anal/Rectal Abscess: Overview, Causes, and Symptoms
A few days ago I was able to catch up with an emergency medicine colleague after she had finished working a hellish shift. In our conversation, she told me she had treated three patients with abscessed anal glands during her shift. I guess things really do come in threes! Anal gland abscesses occur when impaction at this site goes to hell in a handbasket. Happy reading! The anal glands lie between the internal and external anal sphincters, the muscles that keep feces inside the rectum until a pet defecates. These sacs normally fill with a smelly substance that can be thick and dark, clear and watery, and even chunky at times.
Abscess and Fistula Expanded Information
An anal abscess is an infected cavity filled with pus found near the anus or rectum. Ninety percent of abscesses are the result of an acute infection in the internal glands of the anus. Occasionally, bacteria, fecal material or foreign matter can clog an anal gland and tunnel into the tissue around the anus or rectum, where it may then collect in a cavity called an abscess.
They're not the stuff of dinner party conversations, but knowing how to spot a problem could save your dog a lot of misery. Picture the scene. You've just washed your dog from top to tail using the finest shampoo and conditioner money can buy, but even after drying him, the same horrible fishy odour you noticed pre-groom is still lingering in your poor nostrils. Sound familiar? Anal glands or anal sacs are relatively small glands found on either side of your dog's anal opening.