Anal sepsis

Also known as perianal abScess or an anorectal abscess

If the tissue inside your anal canal is swollen and painful, we can help

What is a anal sepsis?

Anal sepsis is a common condition where the tissue surrounding the anal canal becomes infected. This infection can lead to an abscess (a swollen cavity of pus), which can be painful.

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms of a anal sepsis? icon plus

    The main sign is anal pain, which is sometimes associated with a painful swelling near the anus.

    Anal sepsis can lead to other symptoms, like:

    • constipation
    • discharge from the bottom
    • fever and chills.

    If you think you have anal sepsis, our colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists can help.

  • How is anal sepsis diagnosed? icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your anal symptoms with you to find out if you have anal sepsis. They may carry out a physical examination of your anal canal under a local anaesthetic. They may also carry out an endoanal ultrasound or MRI scan at a later date to rule out other conditions, like anal fistula.
  • Potential anal sepsis treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options with you. This will most likely include a course of antibiotics and draining the pus from the abscess, a procedure which is carried out under general anaesthetic.

Our colorectal consultants

We have medical and surgical consultants who specialise in disorders of the anus, rectum and colon and can help diagnose and treat conditions in this area of the body.

Our locations

From complex gastric and colorectal surgery to diagnostic and investigative procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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