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what happens if you don't get fistula repaired?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Symptoms can get: Worse and an otherwise simple fistula, easy to repair, can develop into a more complex fistula, much more difficult to repair and associated with a poorer success rate. Best to make the time to determine the reason for the fistula, correct that, and if necessary have your fistula repaired before it becomes more problematic.

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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 24-year-old member asked:

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.
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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