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Anal lump Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Anal lump. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you noticed the lump

    Why: determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Was there an event that caused the lump to appear initially?

    Why: perianal haematoma may appear following straining at toilet or some other effort involving strain.

  3. Is the lump there all the time or does it come and go?

    Why: A lump that comes and goes indicates a prolapse of a lesion from the rectum e.g. rectal prolapse, rectal polyp or internal hemorrhoids.

  4. If the lump appears intermittently, what causes it to appear?

    Why: e.g. during bowel evacuation.

  5. Medical history of Inflammatory bowel disease?

    Why: may indicate increased risk of perianal abscess.

  6. Medical history of Diabetes?

    Why: may indicate increased risk of perianal abscess.

  7. History of Sexually transmitted infections?

    Why: may indicate increased chance of perianal warts.

  8. Is there a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps?

    Why: may indicate increased risk of rectal cancer, perianal abscess.

  9. Is there pain associated with the lump?

    Why: may indicate perianal haematoma, strangulated internal hemorrhoids, perianal abscess.

  10. Constipation?

    Why: predisposes to hemorrhoids, perianal haematoma, rectal prolapse.

  11. Rectal bleeding or blood on the toilet paper?

    Why: may indicate perianal haematoma, hemorrhoids, rectal or anal cancer, rectal polyp.

  12. Passage of mucous?

    Why: may occur with benign or malignant rectal tumors.

  13. Fever?

    Why: may indicate perianal abscess.

  14. Perianal itch?

    Why: may indicate hemorrhoids or genital warts.

  15. Weight loss?

    Why: may indicate malignancy.

  16. Prostate symptoms?

    Why: May indicate prostate condition, but usually causes a feeling of rectal fullness rather than actual lump.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Anal lump:

The following list of conditions have 'Anal lump' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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