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Fistula (Overview)

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 in many more instances.


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How does fistula usually form?

How does fistula usually form?

Inflammation: Either as a result of an infection that 'burrows' or from another source, e.g. Ibd (inflammatory bowel disease) - not to be confused with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). ...Read more

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Fistula (Overview)

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 in many more instances.


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Help please? What is the symptom & treatment of fistula and fissure?

Help please? What is the symptom & treatment of fistula and fissure?

The two: Are different issues and treated differently. See a colon and rectal surgeon to make the diagnosis and offer treatment options. ...Read more

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Whats the symptoms of fistula or fissure ?

Whats the symptoms of fistula or fissure ?

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

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What is the purpose of av fistula ligation, and what is a possible diagnosis?

What is the purpose of av fistula ligation, and what is a possible diagnosis?

AV Malformation?: Depending on the location, an abnormal communication between arteries and veins can have many different symptoms. The purpose of correction is to alleviate the symptoms. In most cases, the aim is to stop possible deadly bleeding. If this is related to your sudden abdominal pain, then tests should confirm it. If it is related to headaches and one is found, it should corrected immediately. ...Read more

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Why did palpating the rectovaginal wall during the digital rectal exam to diagnose a fistula cause me sharp short-lived pain? Is it common in females?

No.: Not at all common. Just embarrassing and uncomfortable, but not painful with KY lubricant use. Better return to the doctor and discuss it. Perhaps there is a painful lesion there to make a fistula a possibility which causes pain? ...Read more

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How can a fistula heal?

How can a fistula heal?

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 more

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28f had stomache pain since nov been on all kinds of meds had all the tests norm except fistula in upper area confirmed blood in stool need answers?

28f had stomache pain since nov been on all kinds of meds had all the tests norm except fistula in upper area confirmed blood in stool need answers?

Follow up with: Gi . Ask specific questions and get specific answers. Bleeding could be from the fistula, stomach or intestinal ulcer / irritation , abnormal blood vessel , inflammatory bowel disease . Tumor etc. Consider getting a 2nd opinion ! ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a fissure fistula or a anal fissure? Would my proctologist know what i have?

How do you know if you have a fissure fistula or a anal fissure? Would my proctologist know what i have?

Yes: Fistulae usually case infections and painful lumps (abscesses) fissures more commonly cause pain with defecation and some small amount of bleeding. An exam will help your md decide. ...Read more