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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

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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What's the symptoms of fistula or fissure?

What's 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?

What kind of fistula: If you want a meaningful answer to this question you will need to say what type of fistula (where it is) and if you know what caused it. A fistula is a connection between two organs that should not exist. So there are too many types for anyone to answer this without more info. ...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

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Can chronic pancreatitis cause rectal fistulas?

Can chronic pancreatitis cause rectal fistulas?

Perhaps: If one had significant pancreatic insufficiency and that they had chronic diarrhea, then perhaps one could develop rectal fistulas in the right scenario. This would be rare and an exception. Otherwise, the pancreas is far from the rectum and cannot be associated with this condition. I would defer to my GI and colo-rectal and general surgery colleagues for their opinions. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a superficialization of my fistula done?

What does it mean to have a superficialization of my fistula done?

Make easy to stick: If your fistula is too deep, your surgeon can move vein closer to the skin so that it is easier to access. ...Read more

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Are there several different procedures for treating anal fistulas?

Anal Fistulas: Yes. Fistula are treated by evaluation under anesthesia,
anoscopy, digital exam and proctoscopy. The first step is to determine the locations of the internal and external openings of the fistula, the amount of sphincter involved, the number of tracts, the association with the urethra or vagina, and drainage of any abscesses. Ttreatements include fistulotomy, advancement flap, and fistula plug. ...Read more

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Anyone know about the use of anoratab as treatment for anorectal fistulas?

No? Spelling correct: Not sure what you are asking about--a treatment? Medication? Procedure? Most anorectal fistulae require a surgical procedure to fix, and anoratab does not sound like anything I've ever heard of... ...Read more

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What are treatments for anal fistula, surgery required? When urinate, fecal matter also in the urine. Antibiotics did not work. Thank you

What are treatments for anal fistula, surgery required? When urinate, fecal matter also in the urine. Antibiotics did not work. Thank you

Complex problem: This is a rectovaginal fistula. You really need to see a specialist for this as there are numerous causes. Depending on the cause and location a surgery is then picked to fix this for you. I can't simply tell you here without knowing more about the fistula since I would tailor the operation according to the fistula itself. ...Read more

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How much time will it take for the cure of anal fistula with abscess formation?

How much time will it take for the cure of anal fistula with abscess formation?

Variable: It is hard to say how long it will take to heal. Without knowing how bad the fistula and the abscess is, I cannot answer your question accurately. ...Read more

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Why doesn't surgery get rid of anal fistulas once and for all?

Most of the time it: More often than not surgery does resolve fistulas. However, if it is a complex fistula or one secondary to another disease process such as crohn's, management of the primary disease is essential. ...Read more