Fistula in Louisiana

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Fistula is a term that refers to an unnatural tunnel between two hollow bodily organs. Fistulae may form because of a diseases, injury, or inflammation. They may also be surgically induced for therapeutic reasons. Various types of fistulae can develop throughout your body, which are commonly identified as one of four variations:

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

Fistulae that arise in gastrointestinal organs can impact your health in various ways. If you or a family member need treatment for a fistula, our Louisiana providers can assist. Request a consultation with a GI physician at a GastroGroup & Endocenter location near you to get personalized care for a fistula.

A number of factors could cause the formation of fistulae, which may depend on the location and type. Generally, the common causes of fistula formation involve:

  • Being born with a fistula
  • Injury
  • Diseases (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Infection
  • Complication from a surgical procedure

To hear more about fistulae, request an appointment with one of our skilled gastroenterologists in Louisiana today. Our staff looks forward to explaining this health concern to you and guiding you to receive proper care.

The signs and symptoms associated with fistulae can vary significantly according to the type of fistula that has formed, in addition to its severity. Several of the more common signs and symptoms of fistulae affecting the gastrointestinal system may involve:

  • Dehydration
  • Undernourishment
  • Elevated pulse rate
  • Diarrhea
  • Discomfort or pain
  • Vomiting

The treatment strategy for a fistula is generally dictated by the location and severity. In some individuals, fistulae will close on their own, without medical intervention. In other cases, fistulae should be treated using medication or with a surgical procedure. Speak with your gastroenterology specialist at GastroGroup & Endocenter to determine the optimal treatment plan for your health concerns.

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At GastroGroup & Endocenter, our experienced GI providers are proud to offer personalized services to each of our patients. If you need treatment for a fistula in Louisiana, please request an appointment with our team. We will take time to understand your gastrointestinal needs and treat them appropriately.

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