Patients with benign anorectal disease tend to present to primary care, although many present to the emergency department (ED), particularly when suffering from significant pain or rectal bleeding.

The common benign anorectal conditions discussed in this session are:

  • Haemorrhoids
  • Anal fissure
  • Anorectal abscesses, including pilonidal disease
  • Rectal prolapse

However, the spectrum of anorectal disease is broad and the differential diagnosis includes the perianal manifestations of many systemic diseases, including:

  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Malignancy

Which less common anorectal conditions may occasionally present?

Some other less common anorectal conditions that may occasionally present are:

  • Proctalgia fugax
  • Anal cancer
  • Proctitis
  • Anorectal foreign bodies


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Very good session.

Really good update – thanks

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