Your doctor will likely ask about your medical history and perform a physical exam, including a gentle inspection of the anal region. Often the tear is visible. Usually this exam is all that's needed to diagnose an anal fissure. An acute anal fissure looks like a fresh tear, somewhat like a paper cut. A chronic anal fissure likely has a deeper tear, and may have internal or external fleshy growths.
Back to Health A to Z. An anal fissure is a tear or open sore ulcer that develops in the lining of the large intestine, near the anus. Do not let embarrassment stop you seeking help. Anal fissures are a common problem GPs are used to dealing with.
Jump to content. An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the lower rectum anal canal that causes pain during bowel movements. Anal fissures don't lead to more serious problems.
An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anus or anal canal the opening through which stool passes out of the body. The fissure can be painful and may bleed. Anal fissures can occur in anyone at any age. The chance of having an anal fissure decreases as people get older. People who have had fissures in the past are more likely to have them in the future.