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Will a fistula in ano without surgery lead to serious problems if I don't have surgery?
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Dr. Joshua Katz
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Anal Fistula
Anal fistula should usually be addressed.
Normally this is done with surgery. In patients with crohns disease, sometimes asymptomatic fistulae do not require treatment. Otherwise not treating a fistula can leave one at risk for infection, abscess, life threatening infection, and over a period of years, possibly cancer developing in the fistula tract.

In brief: Anal Fistula
Anal fistula should usually be addressed.
Normally this is done with surgery. In patients with crohns disease, sometimes asymptomatic fistulae do not require treatment. Otherwise not treating a fistula can leave one at risk for infection, abscess, life threatening infection, and over a period of years, possibly cancer developing in the fistula tract.
Dr. Joshua Katz
Dr. Joshua Katz
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In brief: Not necessarily
There are different levels of fistula and they should be treated properly.
Untreated, they may cause continuous problems with abscesses and infections.

In brief: Not necessarily
There are different levels of fistula and they should be treated properly.
Untreated, they may cause continuous problems with abscesses and infections.
Dr. Chand Rohatgi
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