Colon & Rectal Surgery

Rectal Cancer

Delta Medix Patient General Information

Anal/Perianal Abscess

An abscess is the result of an acute infection of a small gland just inside the anus, when bacteria or foreign matter enters the tissue through the gland. Certain conditions including colitis or other inflammation of the intestine can sometimes make these infections more likely.

After an abscess has been drained, a tunnel may persist connecting the anal gland from which the abscess arose to the skin. If this occurs persistent drainage from the outside opening may indicate the persistence of this tunnel. This is referred to as an Anal Fistula. If the outside opening of the tunnel heals, recurrent abscesses may develop.