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Can parasitic infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Can parasitic infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Yes, very rarely.: A fistula is an abnormal communication between two areas of the body. Any inflammatory or traumatic event can cause a fistula. Though very rare, in theory a parasitic infection could cause this. ...Read more

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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Can viral infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Can viral infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

No.: Viral infection cannot cause gastrointestinal fistula, or an abnormal connection between the intestine and another structure (e.g. The skin). This is caused by surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, radiation, or a variety of other causes, but not from a virus. ...Read more

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Can bacterial infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Can bacterial infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

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

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Can skin infections cause problems with gastrointestinal fistula?

Can skin infections cause problems with gastrointestinal fistula?

Not really.: These two things are not really related. It would have to be something exceptionally rare. ...Read more

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Can parasitic infection cause gallbladder disease?

Can parasitic infection cause gallbladder disease?

Yes, rarely: There are a few types of parasitic worms that are capable of getting into the liver and bile ducts. This happens almost exclusively outside of the United States. ...Read more

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Can gastrointestinal fistula cause complications for my pregnancy?

Can gastrointestinal fistula cause complications for my pregnancy?

Maybe: If it extends into the vagina you will require a c section. ...Read more

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Would bilirubin levels be high if a person had jaundice caused by parasitic infection?

Would bilirubin levels be high if a person had jaundice caused by parasitic infection?

No one answer: Parasitic infestation may not increase bilirubin; it may be minimally elevated in malaria, and babesia; bile duct blockage by round worm could cause high bilirubin, liver fluke and advanced shistosomiasis would raise bilirubin depending on the parasite burden. ...Read more

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Can a knife wound cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Can a knife wound cause gastrointestinal fistula?

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

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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

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

Possible: 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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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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Is there a home remedy I can use as preventative care for gastrointestinal fistula?

No: No, but if you have a particular risk factor for developing a fistula (like crohn's disease), you should talk to your doctor about other ways you can reduce your long-term risk. ...Read more

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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.

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.

No: CBC isn't sensitive for parasites. Why do you ask? There are a bunch of crooked websites that try to scare you into thinking you have horrible invaders. If one of these upset you, I am sorry. ...Read more

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Can anyone of any age get gastrointestinal fistula?

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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Can I have no symptoms but still be diagnosed with gastrointestinal fistula?

Fistula: Absolutely. Fistula between to relatively close loops of bowel may result in no symptoms at all. It depends on where the fistula is and what structures are being connected by the fistula. ...Read more

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What sort of parasitic infection can be found in the human eyes?

What sort of parasitic infection can be found in the human eyes?

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

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Is malnutrition a common problem with gastrointestinal fistula?

Fistula: Fistulas can be due to medical problems that in themselves have substantial nutritional challenges (like Crohn's disease). And fistulas, by themselves, also increase the nutritional needs of the patient especially with electrolytes and protein. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between parasitic infection and anemia? In diagram.

What is the relationship between parasitic infection and anemia? In diagram.

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

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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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Is gastrointestinal fistula a known risk for radiation cancer therapy?

Yes but rare: A fistula is a possibility after radiation therapy but this risk is very unlikely for someone being treated with radiation for the first time. ...Read more

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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

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What is the most common parasitic infection in the united states?

What is the most common parasitic infection in the united states?

Depends upon locatio: Round worms and hook worms are fairly common in the south
check your communicable disease web site. ...Read more

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I have a parasitic infection (unspecified at the moment). Is it safe to have a medial branch block?

I have a parasitic infection (unspecified at the moment). Is it safe to have a medial branch block?

Probably safe!: 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

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Can a CT scan show parasitic infection?

Of What?: Ct scans can show parasitic cysts in the liver. Tapeworms in the bowel can sometimes be seen with barium in their bowels! Trichinosis can be seen in the brain. What are you worried about. ...Read more

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Can complications of gastrointestinal fistula, lead to surgical-induced short gut?

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

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Gastrointestinal (Definition)

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