Fistula in Washington
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What is a fistula?
The term fistula refers to an irregular tunnel between two hollow organs in the body. This condition can occur from inflammation, injury, disease, or they may be surgically induced for therapeutic reasons. Various kinds of fistulae can develop in an individual's body and are often identified as one of four variations:
- Extraintestinal: a connection among part of the intestine to another organ in the body
- Complex: affecting more than one organ (multiple connections)
- External: a connection between an area of the gastrointestinal tract to the skin
- Intestinal: a connection among two different areas of the intestine
Fistulae that arise in gastrointestinal organs can impact a patient's health in several ways. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with a fistula, our Washington providers can help. Request an appointment with a gastroenterologist at a Washington Gastroenterology location in your community to receive personalized care for a fistula.
What causes a fistula to develop?
Different factors can result in fistulae, depending upon the location and variation. In general, the common causes of fistulae include:
- Trauma or injury
- Having a fistula at birth
- Complications from surgery
- Diseases (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
To hear more about fistulae or their causes, request a consultation with one of our experienced GI providers in Washington today. Our team looks forward to explaining this health concern and guiding you through your care.
What are the symptoms of a fistula?
The signs and symptoms associated with a fistula vary significantly according to the kind of fistula that has occurred and how severe it has become. Several of the more common signs and symptoms of fistulae relating to the gastrointestinal system can include:
- High pulse rate
- Pain or discomfort
How are fistulae treated?
The treatment for a fistula is determined according to its location and severity. In some cases, fistulae will close on their own without needing treatment. In other instances, fistulae can be treated with medication or a surgical procedure. Speak with your GI provider at Washington Gastroenterology to identify the ideal treatment plan for your situation.
Professional care when you need it most
At Washington Gastroenterology, our seasoned gastroenterologists work to provide high-quality treatment to every patient. If you believe you need help with a fistula in Washington, please request a consultation with a local member of our team without delay. We will work with you to understand your needs and address each of them appropriately.
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