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Can the internal anal sphincters be closed when the external ones are open ?

is it ok that he sees that the external anal sphincters parting but the internal are totally closed?? or the external ones should not be parted
Fri, 27 Jan 2012
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Hi,thanks for query.I think there is some confusion.It is not possible to see internal anal sphincter with naked eye.One can feel it,and also requires skill.The external anal opening,anus is elastic in nature and it opens up while passing stool.bye.
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