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Can viral infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

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Very rare, not impos: This is very rare, but not impossible. Any source of trauma or chronic inflammation can cause a gastrointestinal fistula.
Dr. Kyle Cologne
Colon and Rectal Surgery 13 years experience
No.: Viral infection cannot cause gastrointestinal fistula, or an abnormal connection between the intestine and another structure (e.g. The skin). This is caused by surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, radiation, or a variety of other causes, but not from a virus.

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