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What are complications of anal fissures?

Anal fissures can be quite painful; treatment may be as simple as adding more fiber to the diet or as complex as surgery. Complications from anal fissures may include infection, blood loss, spasm of the sphincter, incontinence, or the development of fistulas (tubelike structures that lead to the skin from the anal canal). Often recurrent anal fissures are a sign of a chronic digestive problem like Crohn's disease. 

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