AGC is thought to be a retention cyst in the anal gland and arises when an obstruction of the anal duct causes fluid collection in the anal gland. We report a case of AGC in a year-old woman without anal symptoms. Found by colonoscopy, the AGC was excised transanally. The histopathology of the specimen confirmed AGC. Colonoscopists should include AGC in the differential diagnosis of anal canal mass and rule out of malignancy. Excision is recommended for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
An anal, or rectal, abscess occurs when a cavity in the anus becomes filled with pus. It causes extreme pain, fatigue , rectal discharge, and fever. In some cases, anal abscesses can result in painful anal fistulas. A blocked anal gland, a sexually transmitted infection STI , or an infected anal fissure can cause anal abscesses. Some other risk factors include:. Toddlers or children that have a history of anal fissures tears in the anal sphincter are also at a higher risk for developing anal abscesses later on. Such anal fissures might occur in children who have a history of constipation.
You may have heard about an anal gland abscess and wondered what it is, or your pet may have been unfortunate enough to have one. So what is an anal gland abscess and how does it differ from other anal gland problems? An anal gland abscess is one of the most severe results of anal gland problems in dogs and cats. Abscesses can occur almost anywhere in the body and are a collection of pus that has formed within a pocket of tissue in the body. In the case of an anal gland abscess, the pus has accumulated within the anal sac and is the result of an infection.
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