A fistula is an abnormal connection between two hollow organs in the body and can occur as a result of injury, or disease, or can be medically induced.

What is a fistula?

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two hollow organs within the body. These connections can be the result of injuries, diseases, or intentionally created through surgical procedures for therapeutic purposes. Fistulae can manifest in various forms throughout the body and are commonly classified into four categories:

– Complex fistula: Involves multiple connections, affecting more than one organ.
– External fistula: Forms a connection between a segment of the gastrointestinal tract and the skin.
– Extraintestinal fistula: Connects a part of the intestine to another organ in the body.
– Intestinal fistula: Establishes a connection between two different segments of the intestine.

For further information on receiving appropriate care for a fistula, you can reach out to a specialist at The Gut Clinic UK, conveniently located near you.

What is the cause of a fistula?

There are many different causes of fistulae, depending on the type and location. Common causes of fistulae, in general, can include:

– Being born with a fistula
– Complication from surgery
– Injury
– Infection
– Diseases including Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis

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What are the symptoms of a fistula?

Symptoms for fistulae vary greatly depending on the type of fistula, and its severity. Common symptoms of fistulae relating to the digestive tract can include:

– Pain
– Dehydration
– Elevated heart rate
– Malnutrition
– Diarrhea
– Vomiting

What are the treatments for a fistula?

The appropriate treatment for a fistula depends on factors such as its location and severity. In certain cases, fistulae may naturally close without any further intervention. However, there are instances where surgical procedures or medications can be employed for treatment. To determine the most suitable treatment plan for your specific situation, we recommend reaching out to our specialists who can provide guidance and discuss the options available to you.


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