Anal Fistula/Abscess

Infection in an anal gland (inside the back passage) or a cyst on the skin around the back passage can lead to the formation of an abscess. This is characterised by a red, painful swelling around the back passage which may burst spontaneously or may require urgent surgical drainage.

Some will heal, in others it can leave an opening between the inside of the back passage and the outside skin known as a fistula. Patients with an anal fistula may notice discharge from an opening adjacent to the back passage which may be bloody or pus-like and associated with pain and tenderness. Antibiotics may help in the short term but are unlikely to achieve a cure. Our surgeons at the Midland Gut Clinic would be delighted to see you and discuss the treatment options.