Fistula in Florida

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A fistula is an irregular opening that forms between hollow organs in the body. These tunnels can occur from an injury, disease, or inflammation or might be surgically induced for medical reasons. Several types of fistulae can arise around the body, and they are generally grouped into one of four classifications:

  • Intestinal: a connection between two different portions of the intestine
  • Complex: multiple connections impacting more than one organ
  • External: a connection from an area of the GI tract to the skin
  • Extraintestinal: a connection between a section of the intestine to another bodily organ

Fistulae that form in gastrointestinal organs can affect a patient's health in a variety of ways. If you have been diagnosed with a fistula, our Florida providers are ready to help. Connect with a GI physician at a Gastroenterology Associates of Florida location near you to find personalized treatment for a fistula.

There are several factors that may contribute to the formation of a fistula, depending on its location and type. In general, the common causes of fistulae include:

  • Injury or trauma
  • Infection
  • Certain GI diseases (including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Complication from a surgical procedure

It's also possible for a baby to be born with a fistula. To hear more about fistulae or their causes, request a consultation with one of our caring gastroenterology providers in Florida today. Our team looks forward to educating you about the condition and assisting you through your treatment.

The indicators of a fistula may vary substantially depending on the kind of fistula that has formed and how severe it has become. Some of the common signs and symptoms of fistulae relating to the GI organs often involve:

  • Dehydration
  • High heart rate
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Undernourishment
  • Discomfort or pain

Treatment strategies for a fistula are generally based on its position and severity. In some patients, fistulae will close on their own without the need for care. In other instances, fistulae are treated with medication or surgery. Talk with your gastroenterology provider at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida to determine the ideal treatment protocol for your health and wellness.

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At Gastroenterology Associates of Florida, our seasoned gastroenterologists take our commitment to the community seriously, proudly providing individualized care for our patients. If you believe you need treatment for a fistula in Florida, please request a consultation with one of our providers as soon as possible. We will partner with you to understand your needs and address each of them appropriately.

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