Anal fistula

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What is anal fistula?

Inside the anus are small glands that can get infected and create abscesses (collection of pus). An anal fistula is almost always the result of a previous abscess. A fistula is a small tunnel that forms under the skin and connects a previously infected anal abscess to the skin around the anus.

Common symptoms reported by people with anal fistula

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with anal fistula

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anal fistula (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anal fistula (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Chihuahua)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)

Data from patients with anal fistula, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with anal fistula

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for anal fistula (1 evaluation)
Side effects
post operative drainage
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anal fistula (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
blurry vision hands tingling 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
neuropathy in feet vomiting
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
headaches
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anal fistula (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness with hypotension upon standing insomnia 4 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Chihuahua)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
hip pain radiating down legs Hospitalization 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with anal fistula, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has anal fistula on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 7
30s 21
40s 40
50s 34
60s 9
70+ 5
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 16
30-39 years 12
40-49 years 11
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 1
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

40% Female
60% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 61
Not Diagnosed 6

These charts show data from anal fistula patients who have completed their condition history
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