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Anal Abscess (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

If a person suspects they have a perirectal or perianal abscess they should see a health care practitioner. The diagnosis is not always easy to make, and the health care practitioner may need to do tests or consult with specialists.

Go to an emergency department when you have any of the following symptoms:

  • High fever or shaking chills

  • Significant rectal/anal pain

  • Inability to have a bowel movement, or a painful bowel movement

  • Persistent vomiting

  • Any other unusual signs or symptoms that may indicate an emergency condition

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Perianal Abscess »

A perianal abscess represents an infection of the soft tissues surrounding the anal canal, with formation of a discrete abscess cavity.

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