Symptoms & Signs
Anal fissures may cause painful bowel movements and bleeding. There may be blood on the outside of the stool or on the toilet tissue (or baby wipes) following a bowel movement.
Other symptoms may include:
* A crack in the skin that can be seen when the area is stretched slightly (the fissure is almost always in the middle)
Diagnosis & Tests
The health care provider will perform a rectal exam and look at a sample of the rectal (anal) tissue.
Reviewed By : Jenifer K. Lehrer, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Frankford-Torresdale Hospital, Jefferson Health System, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.