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Would a pelvic ultrasound be able to detect a rectovaginal fistula?

Would a pelvic ultrasound be able to detect a rectovaginal fistula?

Probably not: The diagnosis of a rectovaginal fistula (or a hole between the rectum and the vagina) is usually made by pelvic exam. Ultrasound would not be helpful for this. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Would a rectovaginal fistula be obvious on a pelvic MRI if it wasn't something you were looking for?

Would a rectovaginal fistula be obvious on a pelvic MRI if it wasn't something you were looking for?

No: Rectovaginal fistulas are notoriously hard to find. One would not be obvious on a Pelvic MRI--especially if you weren't looking for it. Sometimes enemas with methylene blue dye or protoscopy are needed. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of rectovaginal fistula?

What are the most common symptoms of rectovaginal fistula?

Discharge,irritation: A rectovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the rectum and the vagina. This could cause discharge of stool from the vagina, as well as irritation and pain around the area. If you have a rectovaginal fistula, you should be evaluated by a physician who can help you. ...Read more

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Do you have any suggestions/medications details that would help for rectovaginal fistula?

Do you have any suggestions/medications details that would help for rectovaginal fistula?

Rectovaginal fistula: This is a complex problem where you have developed an abnormal connection between the rectum (or other part of the colon) and the vagina. Depending on the cause of the fistfuls would dictate best treatment options. For Example if this was from diverticulitis, surgery would be the best option but if this was from Cohn's then medications may heal this. I suggest discussing with a surgeon ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of rectovaginal fistula?

What's the best treatment to get rid of rectovaginal fistula?

Surgery: This can be corrected by a gynecologist, uro-gynecologist, or colo-rectal surgeon. Depending on the exact condition, it may require more than one of these specialists. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a colonoscopy if you had rectovaginal fistula?

Yes: If you have a rectovaginal fistula or have had one repaired there should be no problems with a colonoscopy. The colonoscope should pass right by the area without any problems. In rare instances, the fistula may be so large, the colonoscope can pass through this fistula. Even in this instance, a trained endoscopist should be able to manage this. A colorectal surgeon can repair this for you. ...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


Dr. Sewa Legha
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Pelvic Ultrasound (Definition)

This is an ultrasound test to examine the organs of the pelvis, typically using either a trans-abdominal or trans-vaginal approach, depending on what is suspected, such as ovarian ...Read more