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Distended anal glands

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Feeling of fullness in anus. No signs of sepsis.

Patient Data

Age: 80
Gender: Male

Fluid-filled structures arising from the wall of the anus and extending posteriorly between the internal and external sphincters.  No associated fistula, surrounding inflammation nor clinical signs of sepsis.   No distended veins to indicate hemorrhoids.  There is debate about whether such glands exist in the human (as compared with the dog for example).

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Case information

rID: 17114
Published: 17th Mar 2012
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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