Anal Fissure Disease: Prevention and Quality of Life

  • Volker Wienert
  • Franz Raulf
  • Horst Mlitz


Anal fissures have a tendency for recurrence or chronicity. Katsinelos et al. (2006) observed 16% recurrences, and Jensen et al. (1987) 25%. Therefore, strategies to avoid such developments should be designed. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study concerning 90 patients with acute anal fissure, Jensen (1987) was able to prove that after the administration of 5 g of unprocessed bran (three times daily over a year), a recurrence affected only 16% of the cases. The placebo group, however, showed 68% recurrences. Bran absorbs four times its weight in water, and thus effects a voluminous stool which leads to a physiological dilatation of the anus during its passage. Contrary to bran, Plantago ovata (flee seed husks; Mucofalk®) increases substantially in volume, so that its administration promises an even better therapeutic effect.


Bodily Pain Anal Fissure General Health Perception Chronic Anal Fissure Good Therapeutic Effect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Volker Wienert
    • 1
  • Franz Raulf
    • 2
  • Horst Mlitz
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ProctologyClinic for Dermatology at RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Medical Center of ColoproctologyMünsterGermany
  3. 3.Medical Center of ColoproctologySaarbrückenGermany

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