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A 43-year-old male asked:

It is about 4mths since i develop a fistula after surgery for burst appendix. the output has decreased to 12-24ml per day. will it naturally heal?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Usually: Appendiceal fistulae are not common after appendectomy but may occur in the setting of severe infection. A low output fistula like yours will usually close on its own. I would recomend occasional ct follow-up and colonoscopy if there is any concern for a cancer in the right colon. However, your story is most consistent with a typical benign fistula.

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Last updated Nov 17, 2012

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