Gastrointestinal fistula

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 ...1

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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

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Causes of Gastrointestinal fistula

Fistulas may occur as a result of

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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. ...Source: NIDDK (NIH)2 ...

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Diagnosis of Gastrointestinal fistula

External fistulas can be found during a physical examination. Internal fistulas can be seen during an upper or lower GI series, CT scan, or colonoscopy.

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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 ...3

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  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ health-topics/ digestive-diseases/ anatomic-colon/ Pages/ facts.aspx
  2. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ digestive-diseases/ anatomic-problems-lower-gi-tract
  3. ibid.

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