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what is anus fistula and what are its causes?

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Dr. David Drewitz
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Tract: A fistula involving the anus or rectum is a pathologic communication, tract or conduit between two anatomic structures or organs caused by infection or inflammation. The tract can drain pus if it leads to an abscess. Crohn's disease is a common cause of ano-rectal fistulae.

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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, .
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.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can proctitis be a result from anal trauma?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Yes: Anorectal trauma can cause acute rectal injury but this should heal. Chronic proctitis is not caused ny trauma unless the trauma is recurrent or persistent. Anal intercourse is not generally traumatic.

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