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how can i confirm that i have a fissure fistula?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Gastrointestinal Dr.: One can see his primary care doctor first, to see if a referral is needed, to a gastrointestinal doctor, who can help diagnose an anal fissure or an anal fistula.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can anyone of any age get gastrointestinal fistula?

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Dr. Ray Holt
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Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Although it would be very rare in children and more common as you get older.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is gastrointestinal fistula in the us?

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Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
General Surgery 38 years experience
Not common: Gastrointestinal fistulae occur most often as complications of diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease such as crohn's disease, or after bowel surgeries, .
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How is a fissure generally diagnosed?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Symptoms or exam: Classic symptoms of an anal fissure include bleeding and painful bowel movements especially after straining. A fissure can typically be diagnosed on rectal exam. Your provider should use both lubricant and Lidocaine for the exam as it can be painful.
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
i'd just look.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there any risks involved in fistula surgery?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Sure, it's surgery: Any surgical procedure has inherent risks, including possible infection, bleeding, sedation/medication issues, possible damage to nearby tissues including nerves, etc. Discuss the details with your surgeon.
A 23-year-old member asked:

What is the pathological process that results in fistula development?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Trauma/inflammation: Any source of trauma or inflammation can result in the development of a fistula. Appendicitis, crohn's disease, gun shots, stab wounds, surgical complications, diverticulitis-- these are all potential causes. Basically, when trauma or chronic inflammation causes the barrier between 2 spaces within the body to break down, the resulting connection is called a fistula.

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