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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is perianal abscess?

A collection of pus near the anus. It happens more commonly in patients with diabetes, obesity, or certain conditions that cause gut ulcers.

Symptoms related to perianal abscess

  • Bumps containing pus

  • History of piles

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Pus from around the anus or anus itself

  • Fever

  • Blood in stool

Questions your doctor may ask to check for perianal abscess

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose perianal abscess

  • Do you have bumps on your skin with pus?

  • Do you have hemorrhoids (piles) or a lump at the anus?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have pus from around the anus or anus itself?

  • Do you have a fever?

Treatment for perianal abscess

Simple cases may be managed with antibiotics and warm water soaks. However, if it does not get better, surgery might be needed to treat the infection.

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Diseases related to Perianal abscess


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  • Amato A, Bottini C, De Nardi P, Giamundo P, Lauretta A, Realis Luc A, Piloni V. Evaluation and management of perianal abscess and anal fistula: SICCR position statement. Tech Coloproctol. 2020 Feb;24(2):127-143. doi: 10.1007/s10151-019-02144-1. Epub 2020 Jan 23. PMID: 31974827.

  • Ding W, Sun YR, Wu ZJ. Treatment of Perianal Abscess and Fistula in Infants and Young Children: From Basic Etiology to Clinical Features. Am Surg. 2021 Jun;87(6):927-932. doi: 10.1177/0003134820954829. Epub 2020 Dec 7. PMID: 33284051.

  • Tan Tanny SP, Wijekoon N, Nataraja RM, Lynch A, Pacilli M. Surgical management of perianal abscess in neonates and infants. ANZ J Surg. 2020 Jun;90(6):1034-1036. doi: 10.1111/ans.15801. Epub 2020 Mar 4. PMID: 32129562.

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