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Colovaginal Fistula Symptoms
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
Fistula: Tracheoesophageal fistulas are rare. They are usually diagnosed in newborns who have frequent aspiration pneumonias. In adults the can be the result of trauma, tumor or from complications of treatments. They usually present as frequent aspiration pneumonias and usually require surgery to correct. ...Read more
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
If I had an anal fistula what would be the exact symptoms and would they become more obvious after I had just been to the toilet?
Before treatment...: Could you be referring to fissures, fistula, abscess? Sexually transmitted disease (syphilis, gc, hiv, etc.) should be considered. Hemorrhoids & rectal prolapse can appear as an outward bulging. Anal trauma of any kind may cause mechanical injury. Skin eruptions need to be considered. Evaluation is recommended to distinguish serious versus less concerning reasons for your problem before treatment. ...Read more
Signs of aortoesophageal/aortoenteric fistulas?would these symptoms last a while? Or does it turn asymptomatic fast? Multiple symptoms at same time?
Completely different: A fissure is a tear. They bleed, and can be very painful. A fistula is an abnormal connection from the bowel to another organ, viscus, or the skin. The common types are between the trachea and esophagus, the rectum and the vagina or bladder, or the colon and the skin. They are generally in the setting of either surgery and post-operative care or infection, like diverticulitis. ...Read more
Fissures and : Fistula are 12 different things. Fissures usually cause a severe tearing like pain with bm and severe spasm in the sphincter after a bm and may have significant bleeding, fistula is usually a pressure type pain and may drain a mixture of blood and infected fluid or purulence. They are treated differently so a correct diagnosis requires an exam. Both may require surgery but not the first choice. ...Read more
The two: Are different issues and treated differently. See a colon and rectal surgeon to make the diagnosis and offer treatment options. ...Read more
Different: Fissures and fistulas are different things. A fissure is a tear in the skin of your anus while an anal fistula is a "tunnel" that communicates the inside of the anus with the "outside" anal skin. They both can produce anal pain, but pain is more typical of an anal fissure. Anal fistulas can give you recurrent anal abscesses, chronic anal discharge, etc ... I hope this helps. ...Read more
What r the symptoms of aortoesophageal & aortoenteric fistulas? Could I have either and not know?especially if it's small? How long until death? Years?
What are symptoms of an anal fistula? I'm having some itching and it seems like I can never wipe good. Had Normal colonoscopy and endoscope recently.
A number of symptoms: Symptoms of an anal fistula include skin irritation around the anus, a throbbing pain, and a discharge of pus or blood when you have a bowel movement. In addition, you may have odor, fever, or swelling in the area. An anal fistula may be due to an abscess or an underlying inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn's disease. A normal colonoscopy and endoscopy are reassuring. ...Read more
Anal fistuka: Your symptoms are certainly worrisome for an anal fistula. A fissure presents as painful bleeding. A fistula presents with external pain, drainage with a foul odor, and generally involves a previous anal procedure, but not always. Consult a surgeon, as surgery is effective treatment for both. ...Read more
Can perforations or fistulas occur in the upper/lower GI without any symptoms or signs, after swallowing fish bone? Worried I'll drop dead w/o warning
No: Dropping dead without warning is quite rare in modern life, with or without a fishbone. Our gut has a remarkable ability to handle small sharp objects, coating them and pooping them out. The things that cause perforations are objects like button batteries (electrochemical damage to our gut) and magnets (sticking together to cause pressure damage). The damage leads to pain and other symptoms. ...Read more
Chronic dental fistula for 1yr caused by tooth extraction, hole in sinus closed now, no sinus symptoms. 2 failed ops. Still, pus draining. Any ideas?
Infection present: Neutrophils or certain white blood cells are the first line of defense against infection. This makes up most of the pus you see. You most likely still have infection present. Whether it is from dying bone or residual tooth root, or a consistent draining from the sinus. I wouldn't be able to tell without an x-ray. If you have pus draining it could be from another tooth. ...Read more
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
Upcoming angiogram for brain. To check for avm or narrowing of vessels. Or fistula. What symptoms would I have for either condition?
Symptoms: The symptoms could be quite varied for an aneursym or avm, but would include headache, changes in vision (spots, blurring, transient loss of vision, etc), in some cases, could even cause seizures, weakness of a limb, affected speech, impaired coordination. It all depends on in what portion of the brain the lesion is located. ...Read more
Very unlikely: That they are related. You could of course have a second problem with infection. ...Read more
Hello. I have a prostate infection and diverticulitis which has perforated my bladder(fistula)is it hard to tell symptoms from PI vs signs of sepsis?
Be evaluated now...: Sigmoid diverticulitis-related fistula to urinary bladder of course leads to persistent urinary tract infection because of its continual feeding bacteria from colon to bladder. Its clinical pictures could be acute or chronic depending on local anatomical variation and personal immunity. Regardless of whatsoever, seek evaluation now. More? Follow: http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. Best wish ...Read more
Depends: There are many kinds of fistulas. By definition a fistula is an abnormal communication from one organ to another. Anal fistulas arise from the anal crypts internally. Enterocutaneous fistulas connect the bowel to the skin, fistulas can develop from almost any organ and most often indicate some underlying disease process. ...Read more
Shunts: Can also be arterio venous fistulas that have occurred naturally due to disease or trauma or surgeon made for vascular access for dyalysis. There are other types of shunts and fistulas. Need more specifics to help any further with an answer. ...Read more