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A 42-year-old member asked:

can fistulas heal by themselves?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
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 fistula may resolve.
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
What kind of fistula: Simply, yes, some fistulas can spontaneously resolve...But it depends on the location and the type of fistula.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How does fistula usually form?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
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 (irritable bowel syndrome).
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are other kinds of fistula?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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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 arteries & veins, small bowel & colon, intestine & bladder, bowel & vagina, lungs & bile ducts, stomach & lungs, esophagus & trachea.... I think you get the idea.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What happens if I have a fistula?

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Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 28 years experience
Anal Fistula: Anal fistula can cause pain, bleeding, discharge and infection. They should be evaluated and treated by a surgeon skilled and comfortable with anorectal diseases. Fistula can be complicated or simple and may require more than one surgery. Fistula should be treated; they rarely resolve on their own.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How can a fistula heal?

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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Urogynecology 28 years experience
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 often these need to be treated with surgery.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a fistula to heal?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Many never do: Fistulae are notorious for never closing or healing and that is why after several months most surgeons excise them.

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