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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

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

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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Thought my GI was kidding saying i'm at high risk for rectovaginal fistula based on my CT scan. But i'm leaking stools from vagina now. What can I do?

Thought my GI was kidding saying i'm at high risk for rectovaginal fistula based on my CT scan. But i'm leaking stools from vagina now. What can I do?

See a colorectal : Surgeon asap. It sure sounds like you have that fistula they were talking to you about. It can be confirmed then your options explained based on your underlying condition. ...Read more

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What happens if I have a fistula?

What happens if I have a fistula?

See your doctor: See a colon and rectal surgeon and have it removed surgically. There are different kinds of treatment available. ...Read more

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What is rudi and pai in regards to av fistulas?

Steal Syndrome Tx: These are both surgical treatments for a condition called, "steal syndrome": when blood preferentially goes back to the heart through the fistula rather than down the arm to the hand. It is more common in people who have blockages in the arteries of the arm/hand. Rudi (revision using distal inflow). Pai (proximalization of the arterial inflow). Both provide more pressure to forearm / hand. ...Read more

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Is another name for fistula shunt?

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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Medicine for fistula bleeding in ano?

Medicine for fistula bleeding in ano?

BLEEDING fistula: Anal fistula needs operation to correct it and stop bleeding. ...Read more

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How do you fix a uterovaginal fistula?

Surgery: Surgery is required to fix this problem. The surgical technique is beyond the scope of this forum. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a vaginal fistula ?

What are symptoms of a vaginal fistula ?

Depends: On where the fistula originates but if it is from the rectum/colon, will have feculant discharge from the vagina, may pass gas thru the vagina, frequent enteric vaginal bacterial infections. A thorough office exam should be able to confirm the diagnosis. ...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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Gastroenterology (Definition)

Gastroenterology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the function and disorders of the entire digestive tract, which begins at the lips and ends at the anus. Included organs are the pancreas, ...Read more