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Anal Fistulas-Symptoms and Treatment

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two organs or two tissue surfaces. An anal fistula (fistula-in-ano) is a connection between the anal canal and the skin. This fact sheet will help you to understand the cause, treatment, and complications of therapy for fistula-in-ano. 

Topics: Fact Sheet, Rectal Pain

About the Authors

  • Andrew A. Shelton, MD

    Assistant Professor, General Surgery; Member, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

  • Robert D. Madoff, MD, FACS

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery & Director of Research, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

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