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A fistula is an abnormal connection between an organ, vessel, or intestine and another structure. Fistulas are usually the result of trauma or surgery, but can also result from infection or inflammation.
Inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, is an example of a disease which leads to fistulas between one loop of intestine and another (enetero-enteral fistula) or intestine and skin (enterocutaneous fistula). Trauma can lead to fistulas between arteries and veins (arteriovenous fistulas).
InformationFistulas may occur in many parts of the body. Some of these are:
Update Date: 10/29/2003Jeffrey Everett, M.D., Department of Surgery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT