Anal Fissure (cont.)
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When to Call the Doctor for Anal Fissures
Blood in the stool is never normal and any bleeding should prompt a call to a health care practitioner. Bleeding from an anal fissure is minimal, and usually only a few drops of blood are seen in the toilet bowel or when wiping. The blood is not mixed in with the stool.
If there is significant amount of bleeding or if the patient complains of lightheadedness, shortness of breath, or abdominal pain, emergency medical services should be activated (call 911).
The pain of an anal fissure can be quite severe and it is reasonable to contact a care practitioner for advice about the diagnosis and options for pain relief.
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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