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Disease or Condition
Anal Fissure Study: Efficacy of Balloon Dilation
This is a retrospective (chart review) of patients seen from 2000 to 2008. Subjects undergoing treatment for anal fissures which is a tear in the skin in the anal area may have either internal sphincterotomy (surgical cutting of the internal sphincter muscle in the annus) or anal balloon dilation which is the stretching of the anal canal for treatment of the condition. This study is to assess the effectivness of balloon dilation in the study doctor's group.
Subjects that have had a flexible Sigmoidoscopy with balloon dilation or colonoscopy with balloon dilation.
Subjects who underwent dilation of any type other than anal balloon, and subjects who underwent dilation for a condition other than anal fissure will be excluded.