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what exactly is a fistula?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Abnormal Connection: An abnormal connection between to organs or vessels. Example: entero-cutaneous fistula- an connection between the bowel and the skin. These are typically caused by diseases of the bowel. Example: arterio-venous fistula- a connection between an artery and a vein. These are created surgically to provide dialysis.
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
Connection between a: It is a connection between artery and vein.

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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).
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long will it take for my new fistula to mature?

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Dr. Patrick Wyffels
Specializes in Critical Care
Varies: You probably are refering to a "fistula" for hemodialysis. Maturing refers to the vein dilating ( streching to a larger daimeter than normal as the wall tends to thicken. The amount of flow into the vein will determine the time for "maturing". This may take 2 - 6 weeks. There is a delicate balance between the flow into the fistula and the flow into the tissues ( usually the hand ).
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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.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What kinds of tests do I need to confirm fistula development?

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Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
SEE YOUR DOCTOR: See you doctor different tests will be needed depending upon type and site of fistula.

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