Perianal abscess: Know more about it
Perianal abscess is a type of anorectal abscess that is confined to the perianal area. It is defined as an infected cavity filled with pus found near the anus or rectum. Most of the abscesses are the result of an acute infection in the internal glands of the anus.
Tired with unsuccessful attempts to get rid of a perianal abscess? It could be due to the mistakes that you are unaware of. Don’t worry. SMILES assists you to point out the mistakes while managing the perianal or anorectal abscess and the ways to avoid them.
Perianal diseases are very common that can impair your quality of life significantly. The symptoms of the perianal disease including pain, itching, bleeding, and discharge cause discomfort. Thus, it is crucial to control perianal diseases by knowing the misinterpretations and reduce the conditions like fistula and fecal incontinence from occurring – says Dr. Parameshwara, the best colon and rectum surgeon in Bangalore
5 mistakes in managing perianal disease & how to avoid them
If you are the one who is suffering from a persistent perianal abscess, then below are the important mistakes you must know in the management of perianal abscess.
1. Assuming bleeding is due to perianal disease, rather than occult cancer
Rectal bleeding is a frequent symptom of the condition such as hemorrhoids. However, the presence of hemorrhoids does not mean that the 65-year old man with rectal bleeding does not also a sufferer of occult cancer.
2. Failing to address underlying constipation/fissures
An anal fissure is believed to be caused by trauma to the anal mucosa, often by the passage of a hard stool. Anal fissures fail to heal in some patients and so becomes a chronic fissure that causes rectal bleeding. Constipationcould be also a symptom of anal and rectal bleeding. A failure to address these underlying issues can cause persistent rectal bleeding.
3. Incorrectly assessing anal fistula
An anal fistula is an abnormal opening on the buttocks other than the natural opening. An anal fistula is usually the result of the previous or the present abscess which has failed to heal completely. Untreated anal fistula can damage the muscle of the anal sphincter that causes rectal blee
4. Haemorrhoidectomy in middle-aged women
Impairment of sphincter muscle through surgery and obstetric trauma associated with aging may increase the risk of perianal abscess. This means Haemorrhoidectomy in middle-aged women may have a greater impact on continence. Therefore, assessment of continence prior surgery allows the surgeon to identify those for whom Haemorrhoidectomy may carry this increased risk.
5. Failure to address the effect of trauma and STIs in perianal diseases
Human papillomavirus (HPV) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can cause rectal bleeding, pain, and discomfort. Also, treatments such as stapled haemorrhoidectomy and abdominoperineal excision of the rectum may lead to trauma that causes abscesses. Anal intercourse is common and a failure to consider these factors in the diagnosis of the perianal disease.
Suspecting that your perianal abscess can lead to anal fistula? Do not wait for long. Consult our top colorectal surgeons at SMILES Bangalore for minimally invasive techniques.