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What sort of disorder is a fistula?

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Abnormal connection

A fistula is when two tubes are connected that should not be.
A fistula can be located almost anywhere in the body, but most commonly in the GI system.

In brief: Abnormal connection

A fistula is when two tubes are connected that should not be.
A fistula can be located almost anywhere in the body, but most commonly in the GI system.
Dr. Frederick Shieh
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Dr. Charles Cattano
For example: enterocutaneous fistula connects gut to skin; enterovesicular fistula connects gut to bladder; enterovaginal fistula connects gut to vagina; enteroenteric fistulas abnormally connect to parts of the gut together sometimes causing a "bypass."
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Abnormal

A fistula is an abnormal communication between 2 organs.
In the case of an anal fistula, between the rectum and the perianal skin. There are many other types of fistulas, however they all need to be addressed by an expert clinician to determine the propeer management.

In brief: Abnormal

A fistula is an abnormal communication between 2 organs.
In the case of an anal fistula, between the rectum and the perianal skin. There are many other types of fistulas, however they all need to be addressed by an expert clinician to determine the propeer management.
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