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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Bowel Fistulas

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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I have a bowel +bladder fistula, would an operation be need for this , and if surgery, is it keyhole or open surgery?

I have a bowel +bladder fistula, would an operation be need for this , and if surgery, is it keyhole or open surgery?

These fistulas : Are amongst the most difficult to treat and very rarely respond to medical therapy (that is, if you have Crohn's disease). It almost always requires surgery, and the surgical repair can be difficult and is not always successful. I'd recommend seeing an accomplished surgeon with this kind of experience. ...Read more

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Have anal fistula for 16 yrs. 10 surgeries haven't fixed it. No ibd or health issues. Looking at bowel resection. Opinions please.....

Have anal fistula for 16 yrs. 10 surgeries haven't fixed it. No ibd or health issues. Looking at bowel resection. Opinions please.....

Seek experienced Drs: If you havent already, seek a colorectal surgeon who has seen and dealt with these complex problems. Mri's can sometimes identify other branching points or tracts. If your current symptoms aren't too bad, living with the condition is an option. Seton's can help drain and minimize the baseline state. In extreme situations, bowel resections are worth it and do have happy and satisfied patients. ...Read more

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I have an ileostomy and mucous fistula. I have hnpcc and want to know if my redundant bowel can be removed for my own comfort and preventative treatme?

I have an ileostomy and mucous fistula. I have hnpcc and want to know if my redundant bowel can be removed for my own comfort and preventative treatme?

Yes: The answer is essentially yes. It depends on how much colon is left and was your surgery done as emergency? Can it be studied with little inconvenience? But lesser the colon you have the better off you are. ...Read more

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What should be done if debris in bladder on ultra sound and cystoscopy. Could it be from fistula from small bowel to bladder?

What should be done if debris in bladder on ultra sound and cystoscopy. Could it be from fistula from  small bowel to bladder?

Unlikely: If you had such a fistula you would also have noticed gas coming out with your urine. The debris you describe is likely associated with your history of kidney infection. ...Read more

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First ct scan showed diverticulitis with possible fistula. Second Ct scan no fistula possible abscess can scan be wrong again? Bowel thickening no sym

First ct scan showed diverticulitis with possible fistula. Second Ct scan no fistula possible abscess can scan be wrong again? Bowel thickening no sym

I'm afraid: that the first may have been a situation leading to the second ct scan result. the fistula has closed leaving an abscess "in its wake"......check this out ASAP with your GI doc for possible surgical referral.. Hope this helps and good luck Dr Z ...Read more

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I have a supra pubic catheter and have constant uti's that have bowel bacteria in them. Ileostomy as well. Could I have fistula small bowel - bladder

I have a supra pubic catheter and have constant uti's that have bowel bacteria in them.  Ileostomy as well. Could I have fistula small bowel - bladder

Possibly: Urinary tract infections commonly have bowel bacteria, but if you are concerned and you keep getting them soon after finishing antibiotics it is worth having some testing to determine if there is a fistula. May involve a ct, a cystoscopy, or a dye study. Knowing more about why you have an ostomy and a suprapubic catch would allow a better answer. ...Read more

Fistula (Definition)

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


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more