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What is an esophageal fistula exactly?

What is an esophageal fistula exactly?

See below: Fistula is a naturally occurring, abnormal communication between two structures as a tracheo-esophageal fistula, which can cause frequent episodes of food aspiration into the lungs. ...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


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What is an esophageal fistula? How do you get one?

What is an esophageal fistula?  How do you get one?

See below: A tracheo-esophageal fistula is an abnormal pathway between the trachea (windpipe) and the esophagus (tube that connects the throat with the stomach). It may be present at birth as a congenital defect or may be acquired as when an esophageal cancer extends into the trachea. If the fistula is patent (open) food can pass through it into the trachea & lungs, causing an aspiration pneumonia. ...Read more

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How are tracheoesophageal fistulas and polyhydramnios related?

How are tracheoesophageal fistulas and polyhydramnios related?

Disrupted circulatio: The amniotic fluid is in a delicate balance with mom's circulation. Over a 24 hour time period amniotic fluid gets exchanged several times. The fetus is part of this equation. The fetus' lungs are typically filled with fluid. If there is a fistula between the trachea and the esophagus, the equation is disrupted, resulted in excess amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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Esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula: where can I get info?

Esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula: where can I get info?

Need Info.: Esophageal atresia and tracheo-esophageal fistulas are unfortunately frequently seen in my practice. The best source of information regarding these entities for a non medical individual would be a google search. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an esophageal atresia and a tracheoesophageal fistula?

What is the difference between an esophageal atresia and a tracheoesophageal fistula?

Often associated: About 1 in 4000 live births results in an anomaly of the esophagus &/or trachea. The most common form is esophageal atresia (ea) with distal tracheosesophageal fistula (tef) -- the upper and lower parts of the esophagus (swallowing tube) are not connected, & the lower part is connected to the trachea (breathing tube). There can also be ea by itself, or tef by itself, or other rarer combinations. ...Read more

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Tracheo-oesophageal fistula and oesophageal atresia hereditary?

Tracheo-oesophageal fistula and oesophageal atresia hereditary?

Not usually: Esophageal atresia with or with out fistula is usually sporadic. There area a few cases ( and i mean very few) in the literature where a parent had ea-tef and had a child with same. It is reportable. ...Read more

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Where do fistulas form?

Where do fistulas form?

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

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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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How do you repair a rectal fistula?

Depends on cause: Fistula from crohn's requires medical therapy and antibiotics. Sometimes setons can help. Surgery is often avoided with crohn's except in certain circumstances. Non-crohn's related fistulas are often corrected surgically. ...Read more

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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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Is another name for fistula shunt?

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

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What does a dialysis fistula actually do?

What does a dialysis fistula actually do?

"short circuit": A patient who is on dialysis needs the machine to clean toxins from the blood that the kidneys usually do. The patient's blood needs to get out of the body, through the machine, and back into the body. A dialysis fistula is made by sewing a vein to an artery. This short-circuits the blood flow and the vein becomes dilated because it experiences arterial pressures. This can be used for access. ...Read more

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How can I confirm that I have a fissure fistula?

How can I confirm that I have a fissure fistula?

Gastrointestinal Dr.: One can see his primary care doctor first, to see if a referral is needed, to a gastrointestinal doctor, who can help diagnose an anal fissure or an anal fistula. ...Read more

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Are there any tests that could confirm a perilymph fistula?

Yes: Pl see attachment. You should consult an ENT for the tests. Feel better! ...Read more

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What are the differences between anorectal fistula and abscess?

What are the differences between anorectal fistula and abscess?

Differences : Usually, a perianal abscess is caused by an underlying fistula. A fistula is a tunnel that communicates the inside of the Anus and the outside skin. The entrance is inside the anus and the exit is at the skin. When the exit is closed, the Pus collects beneath the skin forming and abscess and it usually ruptures or is open by a physician. Fistulas have a 50% healing rate after drainage of the absce ...Read more

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Is a dental fistula an emergency?

Is a dental fistula an emergency?

The term Emergency: Is a relative one. I would not put it in the same class as a cardiac arrest. Having said that, all infections mandate immediate attention and appropriate treatment as they can cause serious complications, spread to other parts of your body and are potentially fatal. ...Read more

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Is treating a urinary fistula painful?

Is treating a urinary fistula painful?

Surgery pain: Fixing the urinary fistula requires small surgery. Pain meds before and after and local or regional anesthesia will greatly reduce this. But yes, ther will be some short moderate pain. ...Read more

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Is an av fistula permanent or temporary?

Permanent w/o repair: An AV fistula, or arterial-venous fistula, is an abnormal connection between an artery & vein that allows high pressure arterial blood to travel into the low pressure venous system. It can be caused by traumatic blood vessel injury or purposely created surgically by a doctor (e.g for dialysis access). An AV fistula is always permanent unless repaired surgically or with covered stenting of vessels. ...Read more

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Is it true that av fistula is permanent?

Dialysis fistula: I believe you're asking about AV Fistula for dialysis access (transfer blood to and from dialysis machine for treatment). They're commonly called "permanent." Really "sort of permanent." AVFs last much longer on average than dialysis catheter & longer than a graft. They need weeks to "mature" before used. Not truly permanent. Many patients will need further access at some point. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can a person have an external av fistula?

Can a person have an external av fistula?

Yes- not practical: It turns out that the first "fistulas" made years ago when dialysis first started were "external" fistulas. They were actually synthetic/plastic tubes connecting an artery to a vein. There were significant problems with bleeding and infections. These "external" fist las are not used today. If someone needs urgent dialysis they get a catheter. For long term dialysis either a fistula or a graft. ...Read more

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How much a lasser cirugy an anal fistula?

How much a lasser cirugy an anal fistula?

Hmmm: If you are asking what the cost of laser surgery to treat an anal fistula might be, I can't help you. But I can tell you that treating an anal fistula with laser surgery would be rather unorthodox. ...Read more

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Could anybody suggest treatment for fistula?

Surgery: Usually anal fistulas are treated surgically. Go and visit a colon and rectal surgeon near you. Visit www.fascrs.org to locate one. All best! ...Read more

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Dialysis shunt and dialysis fistula the same?

No: A shunt, or graft, is a piece of synthetic tubular material inserted under the skin that dialysis needles insert directly into. A fistula is a connection of your own artery to a vein. Needles are then placed into the vein when the wall thickness matures. ...Read more

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What happens if an anal fistula is untreated?

It continues: An anal fistula will continue to fester, leaking pus and blood every few days, until it is fixed. The fix depends on the course of the fistula through the anal sphincter. There is a small risk of cancer if a fistula is left for many years. ...Read more

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Please tell me what a colovaginal fistula is?

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

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What are symptoms of a tracheoesophageal fistula?

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

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What is the procedure for fixing a urinary fistula?

What is the procedure for fixing a urinary fistula?

Location Dependent: The most common urinary fistula, vesico-vaginal (bladder to vagina) is treated surgically either through the vagina or by open surgery. The goal consists of finding the tract, dividing it and oversewing the openings left on both the bladder and vagina. Additional tissue should be placed between the previously connected areas. Catheter drainage for 10-14 days and xray are done to confirm repair. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a failed av fistula be reactivated?

Needssurgical eval: Clotting of the avf is the major problem facing patients on dialysis. Generally, it needs to be evaluated and declotted rapidly to be salvaged (within 1-2 days) by a vascular surgeon or interventional radiologist. The focus more recently is early prevention to prevent clotting from occuring through close monitoring of blood flows and pressures. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for a ureterovesical fistula surgery ?

Rare condition: Ureter runs into the bladder. Ureterovesical fistula has to be between the intrvesical ureter and bladder & is usually a complication following ureteral reimplant surgery. Procedure for repair is a redo ureteral reiplant excising portion of ureter distal to the fistula. This often requires a so called "boari flap", bringing up flap of bladder to shorten length of ureter needed for reimplant. ...Read more

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What is a vesicovaginal fistula?

A vesico vaginal: fistula is an abnormal communication between the urinary bladder and the vagina. Many different possible causes. Best to see a Urologist or Uro-gynecologist who have lots of experience with diagnosis and treatment of this problem ...Read more

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Is vesicovaginal fistula painful?

Usually not: A fistula is an abnormal connection between 2 organs. A vesicovaginal fistula is a connection between the bladder and vagina. There is usually no pain and the symptom is uncontrollable leakage of urine; some patients are even unaware that the origin is from the vagina. ...Read more

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Can you die from vesicovaginal fistula?

No reason: Vesicovaginal fistula wordwide is common, usually as result of birthtrauma, but cause in most developed countries is complication of gyn surgery. It won't kill you but symptoms of continually leaking urine and recurrent utis are very unpleasant thus surgical repair is advisable. Some can die in africa from massive sepsis. Surgery can be quite complex so best to find an experienced pelvic surgeon. ...Read more

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What happens during a gum surgery for a fistula?

Depends on fistula: Typically a fistula is a draining tract (stream) usually from infection. If this is the case they would be wanting to get to the source of infection, remove it then close up the area they needed, to open, to access the infection. ...Read more

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Which is the most effective surgery for piles and fistula?

Which is the most effective surgery for piles and fistula?

Nothing is 100%: Hemorrhoids and/or fistulas can be relatively easy or complex. When combined, they can present a complicated repair. Please seek a colorectal surgeon , who will be able to discuss all your options . However, if you run across a surgeon who offers 100% success, get up, walk away, and seek another professional. You never get 100% success or safety, in anything. Good luck. ...Read more

Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more