Rectal pain

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Rectal pain

Rectal pain is the symptom of pain in the area of the rectum. A number of different causes (68) have been documented.[1]


Differential diagnosis

Anal fissures

Anal fissure is the most common cause of rectal pain.[2] It involves a tear in the anal canal probably due to trauma from defecation[3] and are usually treated effectively with sitz baths, stool softeners, and analgesics.[2]

Anorectal abscess

An anorectal abscess is an infection that forms a pocket of pus within the tissues around the anus. It is treated surgically by incision and drainage.[2]


Bacterial, viral, and protozoal infections may occur in the area surround the rectum. These may be the result of a sexually transmitted disease.[2]


Hemorrhoids or rectal foreign body.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Differential Diagnosis for Rectal pain Rectalgia".
  2. ^ a b c d Janicke DM, Pundt MR (November 1996). "Anorectal disorders". Emerg. Med. Clin. North Am. 14 (4): 757–88. doi:10.1016/S0733-8627(05)70278-9. PMID 8921768.
  3. ^ Metcalf A (November 1995). "Anorectal disorders. Five common causes of pain, itching, and bleeding". Postgrad Med 98 (5): 81–4, 87–9, 92–4. PMID 7479460.