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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 182-185

Management of rare, low anal anterior fistula exception to Goodsall's rule with Kṣārasūtra

Department of Shalya Tantra, KLE University's Shri. B. M. Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Shahapur, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

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Pradeep S Shindhe
KLE University's Shri. B. M. Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Shahapur, Belgaum, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0257-7941.144624

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Anal fistula (bhagandara) is a chronic inflammatory condition, a tubular structure opening in the ano-rectal canal at one end and surface of perineum/peri-anal skin on the other end. Typically, fistula has two openings, one internal and other external associated with chronic on/off pus discharge on/off pain, pruritis and sometimes passing of stool from external opening. This affects predominantly male patients due to various etiologies viz., repeated peri-anal infections, Crohn's disease, HIV infection, etc., Complex and atypical variety is encountered in very few patients, which require special treatment for cure. The condition poses difficulty for a surgeon in treating due to issues like patient hesitation, trouble in preparing kṣārasūtra, natural and routine infection with urine, stool etc., and dearth of surgical experts and technique. We would like to report a complex and atypical, single case of anterior, low anal fistula with tract reaching to median raphe of scrotum, which was managed successfully by limited application of kṣārasūtra.

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