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Can complications of gastrointestinal fistula, lead to surgical-induced short gut?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Fistulas are abnormal connections between parts of the body.
Fistulas are essentially abnormal short-cuts through your intestines. Your intestines are long by design so that you can absorb all the nutrients. With the fistula "short-cuts" the digesting food passes through without getting optimally absorbed. In severe cases this causes a functional short gut.

In brief: Yes

Fistulas are abnormal connections between parts of the body.
Fistulas are essentially abnormal short-cuts through your intestines. Your intestines are long by design so that you can absorb all the nutrients. With the fistula "short-cuts" the digesting food passes through without getting optimally absorbed. In severe cases this causes a functional short gut.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Dr. Hazem Eltahawy
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

If the fistula is internal and happens after abdominal surgery, it can lead to bypass of part of the intestine and therefore lead to short gut

In brief: Yes

If the fistula is internal and happens after abdominal surgery, it can lead to bypass of part of the intestine and therefore lead to short gut
Dr. Hazem Eltahawy
Dr. Hazem Eltahawy
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