Is gastrointestinal fistula a complication of abdominal surgery?

Can be. Gastrointestinal fistulas can be a complication of intrabdominal surgery. They can also be due to other causes such as inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, radiation, etc.
Yes. This is an uncommon complication, caused when the intestine leaks into the abdomen following surgery. The intestinal contents then leak through the wound to drain out of the body.

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How invasive is surgery or for a gastrointestinal fistula?

Invasive. It is major abdominal surgery. Generally it is done laparoscopically or as an open procedure, and can be very invasive. Read more...
It varies. A fistula is a communication between the bowel and another surface, can be skin or another organ. It really depends on the underlying disease process. They are often seen in crohn's diesease, cancer, post-surgical complications and many states in which the patient is immunocompromised and sick and/or on steroid which can make any surgery more complicated. Read more...

Is surgery always necessary to remove a gastrointestinal fistula?

Not Always. Gastrointestinal fistulas are treated according to the organs involved and the output of the fistula. Fistulas between the colon or small intestine and colon can be left alone as long as they are not causing infection or malabsorption. Fistulas from the intestine to the skin are classified as high output (>500 ml/day) or low output (<500ml/day). Low output fistulas generally close without surgery. Read more...
Almost always. Most fistulas cause major metabolic problems and are a threat to your health and safety. They are also a risk and cause for cancer if left untreated. Read more...

Is gastrointestinal fistula a complication of Crohn's disease?

Yes. A fistula is a connection between two distinct organs or structures. Some people with crohn's disease are prone to fistula formation, whereby the affected portion of the intestine can bore a hole ito an adjacent organ (intestine, bladder, vagina) or the skin. These fistulae almost always require definitive surgery. Read more...
Yes. Crohns results in full thickness[transmural] inflammation with can cause abscess or fistula. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
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 . Read more...

Can anyone of any age get gastrointestinal fistula?

Yes. Although it would be very rare in children and more common as you get older. Read more...
Yes. Fistula are not age dependant, but rather depend on the medical cause. There are medical causes which can occur in any age group. Read more...

Can you tell me more about exploratory abdominal surgery?

Explore. It is exploratory mean they open to look and find out what it could be wrong in cases that regular x ray and ct scan does not show anything now it could be done via laparoscope. Read more...

Is malnutrition a common problem with gastrointestinal fistula?

Fistula. Fistulas can be due to medical problems that in themselves have substantial nutritional challenges (like crohn's disease). And fistulas, by themselves, also increase the nutritional needs of the patient especially with electrolytes and protein. Read more...