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Fistula: A colovaginal fistula is an abnormal communication between the colon and the vagina. Patients experience the passage of stool and gas per vagina. Usually seen in patients after a hysterectomy. Usually caused by Diveticulitis but other diseases such as cancer, Crohn's, etc could be the culprit. I hope this helps. Be well! ...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
Usually they don't : A fistula occurs when there is a serious infection, usually and abscess, between two internal organs or an internal organ and the skin overlying it. The infection destroys part of the tissues of both, and the body heals while leaving a hole connecting the two structures. Fistulas rarely close without intervention. Usually the connection needs to be removed so that the tissues can heal separately. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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