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Colorectal Dis. 2007 Jul;9(6):549-52.

Clove oil cream: a new effective treatment for chronic anal fissure.

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Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, Surgery, Mansoura University Hospital, Mansoura, Dakahlia, Egypt. wakeel_hossam@hotmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Anal fissure is a common painful condition affecting the anal canal and causes considerable morbidity and reduction in quality of life. Surgical treatment has been associated with a degree of incontinence in up to 30% of patients. This study discussed the results of clove oil 1% cream in healing of chronic anal fissure.

METHOD:

A single-blind randomized comparative trial was setup to compare traditional treatment with stool softeners and lignocaine cream 5% against clove oil 1% cream for 6 weeks.

RESULTS:

55 patients were included in this study, 30 patients in clove oil group and 25 patients in control group. Healing had occurred in 60% of patients in clove oil group and in 12% of patients in the control group after 3-month follow up (P < 0.001). Patients in clove oil group showed significant reduction in resting anal pressure and almost all other anorectal manometric pressures compared with patients in control group.

CONCLUSION:

Topical application of clove oil cream demonstrated a significant beneficial effect when applied to patients suffering from chronic anal fissure.

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