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The term fistula refers to an abnormal connection between two hollow organs in the body. Fistulae can occur as a result of injury or disease or can be medically induced through surgery for therapeutic reasons. There are many different kinds of fistulae that can occur throughout the body, that are often categorized into one of four classifications:

  • Complex: multiple connections, affecting more than one organ
  • External: a connection between a portion of the gastrointestinal tract to the skin
  • Extraintestinal: a connection of part of the intestine to another organ in the body
  • Intestinal: a connection between two different portions of the intestine

Connect with a gastrointestinal specialist at a GI Alliance location near you for additional information on how to get the proper care for 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

To learn more about fistula, connect with a GI specialist at GI Alliance by scheduling an appointment today. The team looks forward to educating you about the condition and helping you through your treatment.

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

Treatment for a fistula depends on the location and severity. Some fistulae will close on their own, with no other treatment. Sometimes, fistulae can be treated surgically or using medication. Connect with your GI doctor at GI Alliance to discuss the best treatment plan for your situation.

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Our team of expert gastrointestinal specialists at GI Alliance is thrilled to provide quality care to all of our patients. If you believe you need assistance for a fistula or another GI condition, request a consultation with a member of our team today. We will work with you to understand your needs and address each of them appropriately.

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