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American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Family Physicians has two detailed articles on ‘Common Anorectal Conditions’ on their website. The articles are intended for doctors. They explain how doctors examine the anus, and discuss itching, pain, bleeding, lumps, constipation and incontinence of faeces. They were written in 2001, so some of the treatment sections could be out of date, but the basic descriptions of the conditions are still correct.
www.aafp.org/afp/20010615/2391.html
www.aafp.org/afp/20010701/77.html


Bladder and Bowel Foundation

The Bladder and Bowel Foundation is a UK not-for-profit organization that provides information and support materials for all types of bladder and bowel problems. Its resources include a range of booklets and fact sheets, available online to registered users, and a free confidential helpline staffed by specialist continence nurses and physiotherapists during office hours Monday to Friday.
Helpline: 0845 345 0165.
www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org
 


Core

Core is a UK not-for-profit organization that provides reliable information about all gut problems. (They are called Core because the digestive system is at the core of our body.) They supply a range of leaflets, which are available on the 'Patient Info' page of their website or by post (send a large sae). Write to: Core, Freepost, LON4268, London, NW1 0YT indicating which specific leaflet or factsheet you require.
Tel: 0207 486 0341 (this not a helpline and Core does not give personal medical advice).
http://www.corecharity.org.uk


NHS Choices (UK) - Anal fissure

NHS Choices, the UK National Health Service website, has pages explaining anal fissure - symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
www.nhs.uk/conditions/Anal-fissure/Pages/Introduction.aspx


St Mark's Hospital, UK

St Mark's Hospital, UK, is a world-renowned hospital for gut problems. Their website has many excellent leaflets in the 'Patient Information' section.
www.stmarkshospital.org.uk/index.php?page=patient-information-leaflets


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