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Anal Fissure Causes & Risks

Causes

A large, dry, or hard stool can tear the lining of the anus. Frequent diarrhea or irritation of the anus and rectum may also lead to a tear.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.

Risk factors for an anal fissure:

  • Constipation
  • Straining to pass a bowel movement
  • Prior anal surgery, which can cause scarring and decrease the tissue's elasticity
  • Chronic diarrhea

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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