Colorectal issues like anal fistulas can often start as mild inconveniences but may develop into very serious issues if left untreated. If you think you may be dealing with an issue like this, we recommend seeking anal fistula treatment at NYBG Colorectal as quickly as possible.
What Causes an Anal Fistula?
In the vast majority of cases, an anal fistula is caused by an untreated abscess. When a small pocket of infected tissue and pus develops in the area, it will grow in size if not properly addressed. When this abscess grows large enough to connect the outer skin of your anal canal and its interior, it becomes a fistula.
An anal fistula can also form as a result of complications that might arise from other issues, such as:
- Crohn’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Rectal cancer