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Causes Of Rectovaginal Fistula
Could a fissure become infected and cause a rectovaginal fistula or could it be deep enough to cause one?
No: These conditions would be unrelated. An anal fissure is superficial and externally located on the skin. A recto-vaginal fistula is a deeper abnormality between these two structures, usually related to past trauma or injury (e.G, childbirth). Fissures often heal without surgery. Fistulas often need surgical repair. ...Read more
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
Should not; see doc:
Ibs is a functional disorder--means the organs (stomach/intestine) are not sick. They just don't work properly and so they cause your misery--bloating, cramping, nausea/flatulence etc....
Fistula often forms due to diseased organs that are closed to each other--as rectum and vagina, forming rectovaginal fistula--crohn's disease is a famous one for this condition. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
What would cause a rectovaginal fistula, not related to birth or ibd. I have one and don't know why? Please help. Worried I have cancer
Diverticulitis: Most commonly in your age group fistulas form due to childbirth and complications of it. It is possible however to get information to cause a fistula as well. That is your reference to ibd. You can also get inflammation due to infection such as diverticulitis. These are small out of pouching's on the colon which can become infected and create fistulas. ...Read more
What exactly is the risk of leaving a small rectovaginal fistula alone? Will surgical repair cause more complications w/thin septum from prior lar/tme?
Complex answer: Http://www. M.webmd. Com/women/tc/vaginal-fistula-topic-overview.Get a more detailed answer ›
Discharge, irritation: A rectovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the rectum and the vagina. This could cause discharge of stool from the vagina, as well as irritation and pain around the area. If you have a rectovaginal fistula, you should be evaluated by a physician who can help you. ...Read more
Should repair: Rectovaginal fistula can be repair easily by a surgeon. You should see a surgeon to get problems corrected. You should not stay in all the time just because of it. It is very simple to repair. ...Read more
Rectovaginal fistula: This is a complex problem where you have developed an abnormal connection between the rectum (or other part of the colon) and the vagina. Depending on the cause of the fistfuls would dictate best treatment options. For Example if this was from diverticulitis, surgery would be the best option but if this was from Cohn's then medications may heal this. I suggest discussing with a surgeon ...Read more
Fecal material: Usually the effect of a preexisting path problem such as tumor with resection of uterus. The remaining vaginal cuff is prone to have fistula to bowel. In IBD the lower rectum can occasionally fistulize to posterior wall of vagina. What ever the etiology a liquid fecal like material will periodically drain into the vagina and discharge on the vaginal orifice. ...Read more
Yes: Yes. It is safe. All best!Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: If you have a rectovaginal fistula or have had one repaired there should be no problems with a colonoscopy. The colonoscope should pass right by the area without any problems. In rare instances, the fistula may be so large, the colonoscope can pass through this fistula. Even in this instance, a trained endoscopist should be able to manage this. A colorectal surgeon can repair this for you. ...Read more
Would a rectovaginal fistula be obvious on a pelvic MRI if it wasn't something you were looking for?
No: Rectovaginal fistulas are notoriously hard to find. One would not be obvious on a Pelvic MRI--especially if you weren't looking for it. Sometimes enemas with methylene blue dye or protoscopy are needed. Best wishes! ...Read more
If someone had a rectovaginal fistula would the discharge be yellow like urine no odor or brown like feces?
How do they do a pap smear with a rectovaginal fistula? The test comes back contaminated because of the feces flowing out. So how will they do it then
Is methylene blue available otc? If not, are there any OTC substitute dyes that I can self-inject into my rectum to confirm rectovaginal fistula?
Go see your doctor: Trying to figure out if you have a rectovaginal fistula is not a do-it-yourself project. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/rectovaginal-fistula/ds01065 for info re rvf esp diagnostic testing. Use of contrast dye is only one way to prove the presence of rvf but it's not enough for surgeon to act upon (also need to find cause). So go see your family doc or gynecologist for appropriate tests. ...Read more
How soon after a rectovaginal fistula repair fails can a repeat surgery be performed? I am getting stool through the surgical site. On 14 day course of levaquin (levofloxacin). I'm anxiety ridden & need answers.
It depends: Several variables will dictate a new surgical date. Since stool is coming through the surgical site, you will need to be placed on bowel rest with nutrition given intravenously. You will need to have normal nutritional status prior to surgery. All inflammation in the area will need to be suppressed. This may take quite some time to accomplish. You will need a good nutritional evaluation. ...Read more
Hello, I recently watched the episode on the doctors about rectovaginal fistula. I have been suffering with this for three years. I have had five surgeries and no success. The last doctor suggested a colostomy bag. I am 43 and I do not want to do that. My
Brown coming from vagina. Smells like feces. Suspect rectovaginal fistula. Go to ER now, or wait for gyno tues.? Easier to diagnosis while symptomatic? Concerned symptoms might be gone tues., hindering dx.
Paging the doctor: Please, there is another option. Your physician will have a pager. Please call the office and page them to see what they would like you to do. ...Read more