The anus is that part of the intestinal tract that passes through the muscular canal of the pelvis and anal sphincters. It is the final orifice through which stool passes out of the body. In adults, the anus is 4 to 5 centimeters long. The lower half of the anal canal has sensitive nerve endings. There are blood vessels under the lining, and in its mid portion there are numerous tiny, anal glands.
Living with an anorectal disorder can cause serious complications if left untreated. Trust us to provide the specialized medical attention you need. An anorectal disorder occurs at the junction of your anal canal and rectum. Often treatment is available in your provider's office.
Learn about our expanded patient care options and visitor guidelines. Most anal fistulas form in reaction to an anal gland that has developed a pus-filled infection abscess. Even if your abscess drains on its own, you have about the same risk for a fistula. Certain conditions that affect your lower digestive tract or anal area may also increase your risk. These include:.
Learn about our expanded patient care options and visitor guidelines. If one of these glands becomes clogged, it can get infected, and an abscess can develop. An anorectal abscess is a collection of pus under the skin in the area of the anus and rectum. In most cases, your healthcare provider can diagnose an anorectal abscess by looking externally at the anus and through a digital rectal exam. This test involves the healthcare provider inserting a gloved, lubricated finger into your anus.