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Can Parasitic Infection Cause Gastrointestinal 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 ...Read more
Yes: For instance an infection in the wall of the colon triggered by diverticulitis can eat through the colon lining and cause a channel to form between the colon and a nearby structure like the bladder. This channel is called a fistula. In this example one symptom might be passing gas out your bladder (pneumoturia). ...Read more
Not really.: These two things are not really related. It would have to be something exceptionally rare. ...Read more
Maybe: If it extends into the vagina you will require a c section. ...Read more
Yes: A knife wound to the abdomen is likely to cause a puncture to the intestines. When this happens the contents of the bowel can leak into the abdominal cavity. This requires immediate surgery to close the hole and wash out the contaminated abdomen. If there are many penetrating wounds or a delay in closure this can result in formation of a fistula-abnormal connection to the skin or other organ. ...Read more
Can small multiple liver cysts[subcentimeter] seen on CT, be caused by a parasitic infection? [ health not good], and I m worried about such infection
A form of hydatid cyst may present with multiple small cysts in the liver. However, unless you have been tending to sheep and were exposed to dog feces, it is highly unlikely that you have this parasitic infection. You should talk to the doctor who ordered the test and with her/his help consult the radiologist who read the CT.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Need to find the best type of doctor to diagnose the intestinal problems and parasitic infection I believe I am having. Can anyone point me right way?
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
How can I get rid of parasitic infection. Done 100+ hours of research and been eating garlic to kill them. I believe I have roundworm and flukes?
DR visit: Go to your DR, bring along a stool specimen. This will be tested, you will get the correct DX and treatment. ...Read more
If CBC blood test comes normal, can I say that I have no parasitic infection? Assuming this test as the first step before specific parasite diagnosis.
Many: There are number of parasites that have been found in eyes. Fortunately, this is a rare occurence in the U.S. A few of the more common ones are toxocara canis, the dog roundworm, histoplasma, a fungus endemic in the ohio river valley and toxocara, a protozoan, passed to fetuses from mothers who handle cats during pregnancy. ...Read more
Complex: Assuming parasites means protozoa and worms. Malaria is one of the world's greatest causes of anemia, and hookworm and other intestinal worms cause iron loss and ultimately anemia. It's unfortunate that these exist nowadays. Don't accept a diagnosis of "parasites" from a non-evidence-based practitioner. ...Read more
Have been diagnosed with suspected parasitic infection. When I take 100mg bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) a day it's under control, flares up otherwise. Request advice on med?
Parasite infection: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is an antibiotic which means its chief effect is on bacteria, not parasites. That said, Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) does work for cyclospora and isospora- parasites that cause diarrhea. It doesn't make sense that your symptoms return after a treatment course- unless you are getting re-exposed somehow in your environment or something "unrelated" to these purported parasites is occurring. Best to go see an MD. ...Read more
Depends upon locatio:
Round worms and hook worms are fairly common in the south
check your communicable disease web site. ...Read more
I have a parasitic infection (unspecified at the moment). Is it safe to have a medial branch block?
Facet Joint injections are useful for controlling referred pain from your spine.
Most parasitic infections do not affect your spine!
Trichinella affects your muscle
Neurocysticercosis the brain!
Toxolasmosis can affect muscle and brain!
Depends on the parasite and its body location!
Most parasites are in the GI tract! ...Read more
Yes: Especially in the initial stages.Get a more detailed answer ›
When they say parasitic infection or parasite infection. Do they usually mean microorganism parasites or worms? And do they have they same symptoms?
Parasites: Parasites are organisms that grow & feed on a host. They can be either. ...Read more
Yes: Fistulas are abnormal connections between parts of the body. Fistulas are essentially abnormal short-cuts through your intestines. Your intestines are long by design so that you can absorb all the nutrients. With the fistula "short-cuts" the digesting food passes through without getting optimally absorbed. In severe cases this causes a functional short gut. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more