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Doctor insights on: Abdominal Fistula

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Is gastrointestinal fistula a complication of abdominal surgery?

Is gastrointestinal fistula a complication of abdominal surgery?

Can be: Gastrointestinal fistulas can be a complication of intrabdominal surgery. They can also be due to other causes such as inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, radiation, etc. ...Read more

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Fistula (Definition)

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two places. Most commonly, it originates somewhere in the intestine and communicates to another location in the intestine or in the skin. A fistula can develop after abdominal surgery, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, anorectal abscess, and ...Read more


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Are av fistulas permanent?

Are av fistulas permanent?

Don't have to be: It takes a surgical procedure to connect the end if a vein to the side of an artery (create an av fistula). Once created, it will take another surgical procedure to shut the fistula down if need be. Most often they are kept in place even if not used as a back-up system for dialysis access. ...Read more

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What exactly is a fistula?

What exactly is a fistula?

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. ...Read more

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What are other kinds of fistula?

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. ...Read more

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How is a fistula generally treated?

How is a fistula generally treated?

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. ...Read more

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What is anus fistula and what are its causes?

What is anus fistula and what are its causes?

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. ...Read more

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What is an enteroenteric fistula? What causes it?

Fistula: Entero-enteric fistula is an abnormal communication between two loops of bowel. Usually caused by diseases such as Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, cancer, etc. I hope this helps. All best! ...Read more

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What are fistulas and abscesses?

What are fistulas and abscesses?

Related: There are glands located around the anal canal with ducts draining into the canal. These glands can become infected. When this happens, an abscess developes. Abscesses enlarge and gradually burrow their way to the surface and are either drained by a physician or drain spontaneously. About 50% of the time, the resulting tunnel from the anal canal to the skin persists as a fistula. ...Read more

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What is a vesicovaginal fistula?

A vesico vaginal: fistula is an abnormal communication between the urinary bladder and the vagina. Many different possible causes. Best to see a Urologist or Uro-gynecologist who have lots of experience with diagnosis and treatment of this problem ...Read more

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Is vesicovaginal fistula painful?

Usually not: A fistula is an abnormal connection between 2 organs. A vesicovaginal fistula is a connection between the bladder and vagina. There is usually no pain and the symptom is uncontrollable leakage of urine; some patients are even unaware that the origin is from the vagina. ...Read more

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What is an esophageal fistula exactly?

What is an esophageal fistula exactly?

See below: Fistula is a naturally occurring, abnormal communication between two structures as a tracheo-esophageal fistula, which can cause frequent episodes of food aspiration into the lungs. ...Read more

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Can you die from vesicovaginal fistula?

No reason: Vesicovaginal fistula wordwide is common, usually as result of birthtrauma, but cause in most developed countries is complication of gyn surgery. It won't kill you but symptoms of continually leaking urine and recurrent utis are very unpleasant thus surgical repair is advisable. Some can die in africa from massive sepsis. Surgery can be quite complex so best to find an experienced pelvic surgeon. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat a urinary fistula ?

Depends on the etiol: Source could be infection, malignany, radiation, trauma or post surgical. Treatment depends on the source. If the fistula tract is to the bowel then treatment is surgical correction. Contact your doctor for further workup. ...Read more

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What does an av fistula for dialysis mean?

What does an av fistula for dialysis mean?

Arteriovenous fistul: It is an arteriovenous fistula. It is a surgical connection of an artery and a vein. Once "mature", it is where they insert the needles for the blood to flow to the dialysis machine. It can take 3 months or so from "creation" until it is ready to use. ...Read more

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How to prevent recurrence of anal fistula?

How to prevent recurrence of anal fistula?

Depends: On the cause of the fistula in the first place. Maintain a consistent bowel pattern and avoiding constipation or diarrhea is the best you can do. If the fistula is relate to crohn's disease, keeping your disease in remission by taking your maintenance meds without fail, is the best you can do. ...Read more

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What is exactly is an anal abscess/fistula?

An infection: In the perianal region, usually derived from the anal glands inside the rectum. A fistula is an abnormal communication between two organs, in this case the rectum and the skin outside the anus. Both require evaluation and often surgery to permanently resolve and prevent recurrences or complications. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat a colovesical fistula?

Colon resection: Colovesicle fistula is usually secondary to diverticulitis with perforation into the bladder. A colonoscopy will see any colon abnormalities pre op. ...Read more

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How are fistulas different from hemorrhoids?

How are fistulas different from hemorrhoids?

Not similar: Fistula is a tunnel caused by infection and not normal. Hemorrhoids are cushions that are part of normal anatomy that everyone has. ...Read more

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