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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin O'neil
27 years experience in Urogynecology
Time or surgery: A fistula is basically an abnormal connection between two body parts. Depending on where the fistula is, sometimes it will resolve with time, but oft ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Depends: There are many kinds of fistulas. By definition a fistula is an abnormal communication from one organ to another. Anal fistulas arise from the anal cr ... Read More
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A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Allan Goldstein
55 years experience in Internal Medicine
Depends: Site of fistula determines treatment.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Don't have to be: It takes a surgical procedure to connect the end if a vein to the side of an artery (create an av fistula). Once created, it will take another surgica ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Abnormal Connection: An abnormal connection between to organs or vessels. Example: entero-cutaneous fistula- an connection between the bowel and the skin. These are typica ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience in Gastroenterology
Inflammation: Either as a result of an infection that 'burrows' or from another source, e.g. Ibd (inflammatory bowel disease) - not to be confused with IBS (irritab ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Depends: On the cause of the fistula and the location. Infections, foreign bodies, tumor, obstruction are afew of the causes and if treated properly the fistul ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience in Surgical Oncology
Innumerable: There are dozens of different kinds. A fistula is basically an abnormal connection between parts of the body. You can have fistulas between the arter ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
27 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Anal Fistula: Anal fistula can cause pain, bleeding, discharge and infection. They should be evaluated and treated by a surgeon skilled and comfortable with anorec ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
The best way: Is to be examined by a colon and rectal surgeon to determine if a fistula is present and the best alternatives to properly mange or treat it.

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