Common anorectal disorders

Amy E. Foxx-Orenstein, Sarah B. Umar, Michael D. Crowell

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Anorectal disorders result in many visits to healthcare specialists. These disorders include benign conditions such as hemorrhoids to more serious conditions such as malignancy; thus, it is important for the clinician to be familiar with these disorders as well as know how to conduct an appropriate history and physical examination. This article reviews the most common anorectal disorders, including hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal incontinence, proctalgia fugax, excessive perineal descent, and pruritus ani, and provides guidelines on comprehensive evaluation and management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-301
Number of pages8
JournalGastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014


  • Anal fissure
  • Excessive perineal descent
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Fistula
  • Hemorrhoid
  • Proctalgia fugax
  • Pruritus ani
  • Rectoanal abscess

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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