A fistula is an abnormal passage, or tunnel, between two organs—called an internal fistula—or between an organ and the outside of the body—called an external fistula. In the lower GI tract, both internal and external fistulas can
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Symptoms of Gastrointestinal fistula
Symptoms of Fistulas: Some people with a fistula in the lower GI tract have no symptoms; others may experience
- abdominal pain that begins in one spot and spreads throughout the abdomen
- fatigue, muscle cramps, or slow growth due ...
Causes of Gastrointestinal fistula
Fistulas may occur as a result of
- complications following surgery—the most common cause
- childbirth—a fistula can develop between a mother’s vagina and rectum
- Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of ...
Types of Gastrointestinal fistula
In the lower GI tract, both internal and external fistulas can occur. Fistulas can develop during gestation or at any age after birth.
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Treatments: Gastrointestinal fistula
Internal and external fistulas may close on their own, although this process could take weeks or months.
The doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent or treat infection resulting from leakage of intestinal contents. Some people may need to stop eating
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