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How can a fistula heal?

How can a fistula heal?

What kind of fistula: If you want a meaningful answer to this question you will need to say what type of fistula (where it is) and if you know what caused it. A fistula is a connection between two organs that should not exist. So there are too many types for anyone to answer this without more info. ...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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Where do fistulas form?

Depends: There are many kinds of fistulas. By definition a fistula is an abnormal communication from one organ to another. Anal fistulas arise from the anal crypts internally. Enterocutaneous fistulas connect the bowel to the skin, fistulas can develop from almost any organ and most often indicate some underlying disease process. ...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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How does fistula usually form?

How does fistula usually form?

Inflammation: Either as a result of an infection that 'burrows' or from another source, e.g. Ibd (inflammatory bowel disease) - not to be confused with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). ...Read more

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Can fistulas heal by themselves?

What kind of fistula: Simply, yes, some fistulas can spontaneously resolve...But it depends on the location and the type of fistula. ...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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What happens if I have a fistula?

What happens if I have a fistula?

See your doctor: See a colon and rectal surgeon and have it removed surgically. There are different kinds of treatment available. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a fistula?

The best way: Is to be examined by a colon and rectal surgeon to determine if a fistula is present and the best alternatives to properly mange or treat it. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is a fistula?

Abnormal connection: A fistula is when two tubes are connected that should not be. A fistula can be located almost anywhere in the body, but most commonly in the GI system. ...Read more

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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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How do you repair a rectal fistula?

Depends on cause: Fistula from crohn's requires medical therapy and antibiotics. Sometimes setons can help. Surgery is often avoided with crohn's except in certain circumstances. Non-crohn's related fistulas are often corrected surgically. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fistula to heal?

Many never do: Fistulae are notorious for never closing or healing and that is why after several months most surgeons excise them. ...Read more

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What is rudi and pai in regards to av fistulas?

Steal Syndrome Tx: These are both surgical treatments for a condition called, "steal syndrome": when blood preferentially goes back to the heart through the fistula rather than down the arm to the hand. It is more common in people who have blockages in the arteries of the arm/hand. Rudi (revision using distal inflow). Pai (proximalization of the arterial inflow). Both provide more pressure to forearm / hand. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't get fistula repaired?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: fistula?

Fistula: 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 in many more instances. ...Read more

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What kinds of tests do I need to confirm fistula development?

SEE YOUR DOCTOR: See you doctor different tests will be needed depending upon type and site of fistula. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a superficialization of my fistula done?

Make easy to stick: If your fistula is too deep, your surgeon can move vein closer to the skin so that it is easier to access. ...Read more

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