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Examining, diagnosing, and treating benign anorectal conditions

Marsicovetere, Priscilla, JD, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: March 2018 - Volume 31 - Issue 3 - p 32–37
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000530294.08033.66
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Anorectal pain and discomfort are common complaints in the general population, and can stem from a number of possible causes. Often, the complaints present in the primary care setting and can be adequately evaluated, diagnosed, and treated without the need for referral to a colorectal specialist. Proper evaluation and diagnosis can result in prompt, effective patient care. Recognition of red flags should prompt immediate referral to a colorectal specialist for further evaluation.

Priscilla Marsicovetere is program director of the PA program at Franklin Pierce University in Lebanon, N.H.; an assistant professor of medical education at Dartmouth College's Geisel School of Medicine in Hanover, N.H.; and practices with Emergency Services of New England in Springfield, Vt. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Copyright © 2018 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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