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Are anal fistulas minor annoyances or serious medical problems?

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Dr. Douglas Brewer
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: Great question

It is RARE for it to heal without surgery but also it is rare for a fistula to threaten one's health.
Very rarely we see the infection get into blood stream and make patient very sick and even infect heart valve or infection can get out of control. It is up to the patient as to how much of a bother the symptoms represent. To help decide a patient really should discuss with Colorectal Surgeon

In brief: Great question

It is RARE for it to heal without surgery but also it is rare for a fistula to threaten one's health.
Very rarely we see the infection get into blood stream and make patient very sick and even infect heart valve or infection can get out of control. It is up to the patient as to how much of a bother the symptoms represent. To help decide a patient really should discuss with Colorectal Surgeon
Dr. Douglas Brewer
Dr. Douglas Brewer
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Dr. Arie Pelta
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Serious

Source of infection get worse.

In brief: Serious

Source of infection get worse.
Dr. Arie Pelta
Dr. Arie Pelta
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Dr. Ronald Kline
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: No

Fistulas can lead to serious problems if left untreated.
The fistula tract may spread, devloping secondary openings with multiple abscesses and draining openings. Long-standing fistulas may develop malignant changes and may be indicative of systemic diseases.

In brief: No

Fistulas can lead to serious problems if left untreated.
The fistula tract may spread, devloping secondary openings with multiple abscesses and draining openings. Long-standing fistulas may develop malignant changes and may be indicative of systemic diseases.
Dr. Ronald Kline
Dr. Ronald Kline
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