How is anal pain diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose anal pain in several ways:

  • The patient’s medical history, including symptoms
  • Physical examination
  • Rectal exam: A doctor inserts a finger into the rectum to feel for abnormalities.
  • Endoscopy: The doctor uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera to look at the lining of the rectum.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/14/2019.

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