Question 7 of the “Clinical Quiz” (July 1,2001, page 31), pertaining to the article “Common Anorectal Conditions: Part II. Lesions,” was not clearly worded. Answer choice B should also be a correct response because topical diltiazem is helpful in the treatment of chronic fissures. The corrected question is printed below; the correct answers are B, C, and D.
Q7. Which of the following statements about the treatment of anal fissures is/are correct?
A. Lateral sphincterotomy incises fibers of the external sphincter.
B. Chronic fissures respond well to topical therapy.
C. Nitroglycerin therapy may be complicated by headache.
D. Topical nifedipine may successfully heal acute fissures.