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Are some women more prone to getting vesicovaginal fistula?

Are some women more prone to getting vesicovaginal fistula?

Yes: Women with more scarring either from surgeries, infections, or trauma (including radiation) can increase the risks of vvf. Hysterectomies along with trauma at delivery (both c-sections and vaginal) are predisposing factors. ...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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My friend says I should get checked to see if I have a vesicovaginal fistula. What is that?

My friend says I should get checked to see if I have a vesicovaginal fistula. What is that?

Connection: A vesicovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the bladder and vagina. Symptoms might be constant leaking of urine out the vagina, or frequent urinary tract infections. A urogynecologist would be able to evaluate this problem. ...Read more

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My sister says she has vesicovaginal fistula. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has vesicovaginal fistula. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

No: Vesicovaginal fistula is an acquired condition, meaning it is not genetic in origin. There isn't any clear genetic predisposition for this condition. ...Read more

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What is a vesicovaginal fistula?

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?

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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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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What are the most common symptoms of vesicovaginal fistula?

Urine leakage: A vesicovaginal fistula is a direct connection between the urinary bladder and the vagina. This would allow urine to leak constantly into the vagina. This type fistula would significantly increase the risk for urinary bladder infections. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vesicovaginal fistula?

Vesicovaginal fistul: Vesicovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the vagina and the bladder. It commonly results in leakage of urine through the vagina. This may be difficult to diagnose and requires a specialist evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for vesicovaginal fistula?

What is the best treatment for vesicovaginal fistula?

Surgery: When a vesicovaginal fistula has developed, usually after delivery, surgery or radiotherapy, surgery is the treatment. Depending on the exact condition and size, your gynecologist may correct this, or they may need assistance from a urogynecologist or urologist. The most difficult cases are after radiotherapy for pelvic cancers, as these tissues can be slow to heal. ...Read more

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Vesicovaginal fistula cramps. I've bee n diagnosed with vesicovaginal fistula but have no urine leaking, just pelvic cramps. I had a hysterecyears ag.

Vesicovaginal fistula cramps. I've bee n diagnosed with vesicovaginal fistula but have no urine leaking, just pelvic cramps. I had a hysterecyears ag.

Ask MD: Best person to discuss this with would be the md who diagnosed the problem. If there is no urine leaking, no other issues and this was a result of surgerey done years ago, it may be best left alone. ...Read more

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Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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My girlfriend had a CT scan that revealed a "small vesicovaginal fistula". Should a urologist perform the repair surgery or a gynecologist?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Urogynecologists: You would want to talk to someone who specializes in urogynecology, which can be either a gynecologist or a urologist. Both will have done further fellowship training in issues specifically related to fistulas like your girlfriend has. I think more obgyns are going into this area, at least where i am, but look at what is available in your area. ...Read more

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I'm 16 years old and in trying to figure out how in the world did i get a fissure fistula?

I'm 16 years old and in trying to figure out how in the world did i get a fissure fistula?

Fissure fistula: It is possible you might have inflammatory bowel disease. It is important to get blood work and possible colonoscopy to determine the cause of your fistula. Speak to your doctor. He may want to refer you to a gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can anyone of any age get gastrointestinal fistula?

Yes: Although it would be very rare in children and more common as you get older. ...Read more

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What is an esophageal fistula? How do you get one?

What is an esophageal fistula?  How do you get one?

See below: A tracheo-esophageal fistula is an abnormal pathway between the trachea (windpipe) and the esophagus (tube that connects the throat with the stomach). It may be present at birth as a congenital defect or may be acquired as when an esophageal cancer extends into the trachea. If the fistula is patent (open) food can pass through it into the trachea & lungs, causing an aspiration pneumonia. ...Read more

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I have a gastrointestinal fistula, what is the best way to make sure I get enough fluids?

Electrolyte solution: Fistulas to the skin may be high output, and cause significant fluid losses. Check with your doctor, as it depends on the location of the fistula. Electrolyte solutions (pedialyte, sports drinks) are often a way to prevent dehydration. There are also medications to slow down the output from fistulas and increase the amount of fluid your body absorbs. ...Read more

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Why did palpating the rectovaginal wall during the digital rectal exam to diagnose a fistula cause me sharp short-lived pain? Is it common in females?

No.: Not at all common. Just embarrassing and uncomfortable, but not painful with KY lubricant use. Better return to the doctor and discuss it. Perhaps there is a painful lesion there to make a fistula a possibility which causes pain? ...Read more

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Why doesn't surgery get rid of anal fistulas once and for all?

Most of the time it : More often than not surgery does resolve fistulas. However, if it is a complex fistula or one secondary to another disease process such as crohn's, management of the primary disease is essential. ...Read more

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Can you tell me reasons why i get anal fistulas and perianal cysts?

Can you tell me reasons why i get anal fistulas and perianal cysts?

See your doctor: Anal fistulas can be caussed from the cysts forming abscesses. May be assocaited with various bowel diseases such as crohn's colitis or diverticulitis. Other causes - rectal/anal trauma, suppressed immune system from a variety of conditions, infections, std's, and even cancer. See you doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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Vesicovaginal Fistula (Definition)

Vesicovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the vagina and the bladder. It commonly results in leakage of urine through the vagina. This may be difficult to diagnose and ...Read more