Fistula in Connecticut

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What is a fistula?

The term fistula refers to an unnatural pathway between two hollow organs in the body. Fistulae may arise from inflammation, disease, or injury or can be surgically induced for medical effects. Multiple kinds of fistulae can occur around your body. They are typically diagnosed as one of four classifications:

  • Complex: affecting more than one organ (multiple connections)
  • Intestinal: a connection between two different parts of the intestine
  • Extraintestinal: a connection between a section of the intestine to another organ in the body
  • External: a connection among a section of the gastrointestinal tract to the skin

Fistulae that develop in GI organs can impact an individual's health and wellness in several ways. If you have been diagnosed with a fistula, our Connecticut providers are here to assist. Partner with a gastrointestinal specialist at a Connecticut GI location near you to find specialized treatment for a fistula.

What causes a fistula to develop?

Several different factors may cause a fistula, depending on the type and location. In general, the common causes of fistulae are:

  • Infection
  • Having a fistula at birth
  • Diseases (including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease)
  • Injury
  • Complications from surgery

To find out more about fistulae, request a consultation with one of our skilled gastroenterologists in Connecticut. Our team looks forward to helping you understand the condition and assisting you through your treatment.

What are common fistula symptoms?

Signs and symptoms of a fistula may vary substantially according to the type of fistula, along with how severe it has become. Some of the more common signs and symptoms of fistulae associated with the digestive system can include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Raised pulse rate
  • Vomiting
  • Discomfort or pain

What are the treatment options for fistulae?

The treatment options for a fistula are determined according to its location and severity. In some instances, fistulae resolve and close independently, with no other treatment. Sometimes, fistulae must be addressed with a surgical procedure or using medication. Connect with your gastroenterology specialist at Connecticut GI to choose the ideal treatment protocol for your health needs.

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At Connecticut GI, our compassionate GI specialists are thrilled to provide high-quality care to every patient who walks through our doors. If you are seeking care for a fistula in Connecticut, please request a consultation with one of our gastrointestinal providers. We will work with you to learn about your health concerns and provide the treatment you require.

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