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Is it okay to leave an anal fistula untreated for a year, or will it get bigger?

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Dr. Sean O Donovan
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unsafe

It won't get bigger, but may branch and make fixing it (surgery) much more complicated! it also might plug up and cause a very painful abscess, thus making you regret getting it taken care of promptly!

In brief: Unsafe

It won't get bigger, but may branch and make fixing it (surgery) much more complicated! it also might plug up and cause a very painful abscess, thus making you regret getting it taken care of promptly!
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Dr. Sean O Donovan
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Dr. Ronald Kline
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Untreated fistulas can develop secondary openings which will make the surgery more complicated and can lead to damage to the sphincter which may cause incontinence of stool and gas.
In rare cases leaving a fistula untreated may lead to development of malignant changes in the fistula.

In brief: No

Untreated fistulas can develop secondary openings which will make the surgery more complicated and can lead to damage to the sphincter which may cause incontinence of stool and gas.
In rare cases leaving a fistula untreated may lead to development of malignant changes in the fistula.
Dr. Ronald Kline
Dr. Ronald Kline
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