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Is it normal to have a small gap in the internal anal sphincter ?

when i feel my internal anal sphincter with my hand .. i feel that there is a small gap, that it is not closed. but when i look at it i see it closed but with a tiny tiny tiny gap 1/4 milimeter ....does this indicate any loosness in it? is this how it is supposed to be? this is when i pull my buttocks away...
Asked On : Sat, 25 Jun 2011
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Hi welcome to HealthcareMagic

There are two anal sphincters, internal and external anal sphincters... internal anal sphincter is involuntary control, but external anal sphincter is under voluntary control.. the sphincter which you are able to see is external, Internal anal sphincter cannot be seen.. the strength of the sphincter is only felt by per rectal examination... you are normal, Do not worry about it...
Answered: Sat, 25 Jun 2011
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