Anal fissures are caused by a small tear in the thin lining of the lower rectum, the anus, which causes pain during bowel movements and even some bleeding. Anal fissures can be caused by passing large or dense stools or by experiencing diarrhea for an extended amount of time. They can also be common in individuals with Crohn’s disease and in women after childbirth.
Anal fissures do not typically lead to more serious conditions and often heal on their own without medical treatment. Chronic anal fissures last more than six weeks.
If you are experiencing chronic anal fissures or consistent discomfort, seek the advice of your Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology specialist by making an appointment.Go back