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What can cause a fistula between vagina and rectum?

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In brief: Fistula

Fistulas are abnormal connections between to organs.
Common causes of fistulas to the rectum are diverticulitis, history of a perirectal abscess that drains into the vagina, trauma, post-partum complication and tumors. The symptoms would be having fecal material drain from the vagina. These almost always require surgery to correct.

In brief: Fistula

Fistulas are abnormal connections between to organs.
Common causes of fistulas to the rectum are diverticulitis, history of a perirectal abscess that drains into the vagina, trauma, post-partum complication and tumors. The symptoms would be having fecal material drain from the vagina. These almost always require surgery to correct.
Dr. Jason Boardman
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In brief: Rectovaginal fistula

Rectovaginal fistulas are abnormal connections between the vagina and rectum and can result from: Injury during childbirth; Crohn's disease or other inflammatory bowel diseases; radiation treatment or cancer in the pelvic area; and complication following surgery in the pelvic area, among other causes.
See a colorectal surgeon for best management.

In brief: Rectovaginal fistula

Rectovaginal fistulas are abnormal connections between the vagina and rectum and can result from: Injury during childbirth; Crohn's disease or other inflammatory bowel diseases; radiation treatment or cancer in the pelvic area; and complication following surgery in the pelvic area, among other causes.
See a colorectal surgeon for best management.
Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian
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