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Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

This refers to pain in or around the anus and rectum, which is the final section of the large intestine that ends at the anus.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Pain over the anus

Possible causes

  • Anal cancer

    This is a malignant tumor (cancer) of the anus. The anus is where the stool leaves the body.

  • Anal fistula

    This condition involves a tunnel forming between the anus and the surrounding skin. Patients are at risk for recurrent infections, often connected to inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease.

  • Hemorrhoid

    Commonly known as piles, hemorrhoids are swollen areas around the anus where feces are excreted from the body. They can form inside or outside the anus, often due to excessive straining or poor blood flow, and may result in painless bleeding.

  • Neurogenic intrapelvic syndrome
  • Hemorrhoids (anal fissure)
  • Crohn's disease
  • Anal pruritus
  • Anal polyps

  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Pyoderma Gangrenosum

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Are you experiencing anal pain?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Is your skin itchy?

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References

  • Anal pain

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anal-pain/

Reviewed By:

Carlos Cuenca, MD

Carlos Cuenca, MD (General surgery)

Dr. Cuenca graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is currently a categorical surgical resident at UC Davis Health.

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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