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Anal sepsis

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

About perianal abscess

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

Need to know

  • Symptoms of perianal abscess icon plus

    The main sign of anal sepsis 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 consultant surgeons and gastroenterologists can help.
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your anal sepsis 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 (which means we'll numb the area of examination). They may also carry out an endoanal ultrasound or MRI scan at a later date to rule out other conditions, like anal fistula.
  • Potential perianal abscess 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 (which means you'll be asleep).
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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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