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  • Faeces is temporarily stored in the rectum and expelled from the body via the anus.
  • An anal fissure is a tear or split in the lining of the anus (anal mucosa).
  • The symptoms include pain and bright red blood from the anus.
  • Treatment options include laxatives and surgery.
  • Self-help suggestions include switching to a high-fibre diet and drinking plenty of water.
  • Cancer of the anus may mimic an anal fissure.

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Reviewed on: 31-08-2012