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Surg Clin North Am. 2010 Feb;90(1):45-68, Table of Contents. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2009.10.001.

Anorectal abscess and fistula-in-ano: evidence-based management.

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Department of Surgery, Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, 300 Hospital Road, Fort Gordon, GA, USA.


The management of anorectal abscess and anal fistula has changed markedly with time. Invasive methods with high resulting rates of incontinence have given way to sphincter-sparing methods that have a much lower associated morbidity. There has been an increase in reports in the medical literature describing the success rates of the varying methods of dealing with this condition. This article reviews the various methods of treatment and evidence supporting their use and explores advances that may lead to new therapies.

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