An Anorectal fistula is an abnormal channel from the anus or rectum usually to the skin near the anus but occasionally to another organ such as vagina.
The anus is the external opening through which feces are expelled from the body. Just inside the anus are a number of small glands that make mucus. Occasionally, these glands get clogged and can become infected, leading to an abscess.
The Causes of Ano rectal Fistula —
The leading causes of an anal fistula are clogged anal glands and anal abscesses. Other, much less common, conditions that can cause an anal fistula include:
- Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory disease of the intestine)
- Radiation (treatment for cancer)
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Diverticulitis (a disease in which small pouches form in the large intestine and become inflamed)
The Symptoms of Ano rectal Fistula —
The signs and symptoms of an anal fistula include:
- Frequent anal abscesses
- Pain and swelling around the anus
- Bloody or foul-smelling drainage (pus) from an opening around the anus. The pain may decrease after the fistula drains.
- Irritation of the skin around the anus from drainage
- Pain with bowel movements
- Fever, chills and a general feeling of fatigue
The Diagnosis —
- With the help of a proctoscope inserted into the rectum and exploring with the probe, the internal opening can be located.
- With the help of Sigmoidoscope the cause (Cancer, Crohn’s disease) can be found.
The Ayurvedic Treatment principle —
- Madhusnuhi Churnam
- Triphala Churnam
- Shaddharana Churna
- Haritaki Churnam
- Guggulupanchapala Churnam
- Anal fistula
- Principles & Practice of Ayurvedic Medicine
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