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how is a fistula generally treated?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Depends on the cause: Fistulae caused by Crohn's disease can be treated with medications such as remcade. Others often require surgery or occasionally can be treated by injection with fibrin glue.
Dr. Imran Saeed
Colon and Rectal Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: What fistula are you referring to. There can be a fistula in the abdomen or in the peri anal area. Abdominal fistulas are lot more complex to treat. Anal fistulas are of several types and treatment ranges from a simple division of a fistula tract to having a colostomy or a drain and requiring multiple procedures.

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