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What are anal fissures?

An anal fissure is a small tear in the lining of the anus. It may cause pain, bleeding, or itching. A hard, dry bowel movement may cause a tear in the anal lining, resulting in a fissure. Other causes of a fissure include diarrhea, inflammation of the anorectal area, or spasms of the anal musculature.

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