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Can bacterial infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: For instance an infection in the wall of the colon triggered by diverticulitis can eat through the colon lining and cause a channel to form between the colon and a nearby structure like the bladder. This channel is called a fistula. In this example one symptom might be passing gas out your bladder (pneumoturia).
Dr. Adam Steinlauf
Gastroenterology 30 years experience
Yes: Bacteria can cause a fistula. Bacteria are felt to play a role in crohn's disease, which can result in fistula. Also, complications of infections such as diverticulitis can result in abscess and fistula formation.

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Vagnal bacterial infection what causes it?

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?? BV: If you are refering to bacterial vaginosus (bv), it is an overgrowth of gardnerella vaginalis, a bacteria present in the vagina in over 70% of women. When that bacteria overgrows, it typically cause a yellow, gray, or greenish discharge and a fishy odor. It is easy to treat, but sometimes will recur because the treatment does not eliminate the bacteria, it only restores the normal balance.
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What causes bacterial infections?

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Any contaminated: Bacteria is present everywhere and some are harmful. Some are transmitted from other people and others from having been in contact with a contaminated object, soil. Or water. The most worrisome type is MRSA often acquired from a hospital stay.

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