Sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest in digestive health in Europe and around the world. This is a 55 year old lady undergoing flexible sigmoidoscopy to investigate her recurrent rectal prolapse. This polypoid lesion was found on retroverting the endoscope in the rectum. On the right is a close-up of the lesion. Four biopsies were taken from the lesion without difficulty. The polyp is angry red, with normal small round crypts and a couple of superficial erosions appear as specs of white mucus.
The inner lining of the anal canal is the mucosa. Most anal cancers start from cells in the mucosa. Glands and ducts tubes leading from the glands are found under the mucosa. The glands make mucus, which acts as a lubricating fluid.
JOHN L. This is Part II of a two-part article on anorectal conditions. Patients with a wide variety of anorectal lesions present to family physicians. Most can be successfully managed in the office setting.
A year-old male presents with severe anal pain for the past 2 days. His bowel movements have been generally normal, but recently, they have been very painful. Even sitting causes significant discomfort. He denies any fevers, rectal bleeding, or any trauma to the area including anal sex. His past medical, surgical, and social histories are otherwise unremarkable.