Fistula in St. Louis, MO
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What is a fistula?
A fistula is an abnormal pathway between two hollow organs in the body. This condition can occur from inflammation, disease, or injury or can be surgically induced for therapeutic effects. Various types of fistulae can form within the body that are typically identified as one of four variations:
- Intestinal: a connection among two different portions of the intestine
- Extraintestinal: a connection between part of the intestine to another bodily organ
- Complex: multiple connections, affecting more than one organ
- External: a connection between a section of the GI tract to the skin
Fistulae that form in GI organs can affect an individual's health in several ways. If you or a member of your family need care for a fistula, our St. Louis, MO providers are ready to assist. Request a consultation with a GI provider at a Specialists in Gastroenterology location near you to get personalized care for a fistula.
What causes a fistula to develop?
A variety of factors can result in a fistula and can be dependent upon the location and type. Our St. Louis, MO team looks forward to helping you understand and manage your condition. In general, the common causes of fistulae are:
- Injury or trauma
- Having a fistula at birth
- Diseases (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Complications from a surgical procedure
What are the symptoms of a fistula?
Symptoms of fistulae can vary significantly depending on the type of fistula that has formed and how severe it is. Several of the more common signs and symptoms of fistulae affecting the GI tract can include:
- Elevated heart rate
What are the treatments for a fistula?
The treatment plan for a fistula is determined by its location and severity. In some patients, fistulae will close on their own, without the need for care. In other cases, fistulae must be addressed with medication or surgery. Connect with your gastroenterologist at a Specialists in Gastroenterology location near you to choose the appropriate treatment approach for your health and wellness.
Professional care when you need it most
At Specialists in Gastroenterology, our distinguished GI specialists are excited to offer individualized treatment to every patient who walks through our doors. If you are seeking assistance for a fistula in St. Louis, MO, please request a consultation with a member of our team. We will work with you to understand your health needs and address each of them appropriately.
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