Anal Abscess Facts
Anal Abscess Causes
Perirectal and perianal abscesses are thought to develop from the glands surrounding the anus; on occasion, perianal abscesses may develop from infected skin adjacent to the anus. Glands may plug up, usually leading to bacterial infection. When the glands fill with pus, they may burst inward, releasing their infected contents into the spaces around the rectum and anus. This pus causes an abscess, or pus collection, in the spaces surrounding the rectum or anus. The anal abscess may enlarge, causing pain, fever, and difficulty with bowel movements.
Certain people are more likely to develop perirectal and perianal abscesses, including those with the following medical conditions:
Anal Abscess Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of perirectal and perianal abscesses include the following:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/16/2016
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