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Assessment and treatment of three common anorectal conditions
Anthony Summers Nurse practitioner, Redlands Hospital, Queensland, Australia
In the second of a two-part series, Anthony Summers discusses the management by nurse practitioners of haemorrhoids, anal fissure and pruritus ani
This is the second of two articles about the kinds of anorectal problem with which people can present at emergency departments. The first article concerns common symptoms and anorectal examination, while this one discusses the diagnosis and treatment of three common anorectal problems that can be managed by nurse practitioners: haemorrhoids, anal fissure and pruritus ani. Unexpected diagnoses might be found on examination and nurse practitioners should refer these patients to appropriate specialists.
Emergency Nurse. 21, 2, 28-33. doi: 10.7748/en2013.05.21.2.28.e1134Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Accepted: 08 March 2013