Fistula in Phoenix, AZ

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Fistula is a term that refers to an irregular connection between two hollow organs in the body. This condition may form due to disease, inflammation, or injury or may be induced through surgery for therapeutic effects. Numerous kinds of fistulae can form within your body. These are commonly categorized into one of four types:

  • Extraintestinal: a connection between a part of the intestine to another bodily organ
  • External: a connection between a portion of the GI tract to the skin
  • Intestinal: a connection between two different parts of the intestine
  • Complex: affecting more than one organ (multiple connections)

Fistulae that arise in gastrointestinal organs can affect your health and wellness in numerous ways. If you need treatment for a fistula, our Phoenix, AZ providers can help. Partner with a GI provider at an Arizona Digestive Health location in your area to obtain personalized care for a fistula.

Several factors may lead to the development of a fistula, which may depend upon the location and variation. Generally speaking, common causes of fistulae include:

  • Trauma
  • A birth defect
  • Complication from surgery
  • Diseases (such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Infection

For more information surrounding fistulae, request a consultation with one of our caring GI specialists in Phoenix, AZ. Our team looks forward to helping you understand this health concern and identifying the ideal treatment option for you.

Symptoms associated with fistulae may vary greatly depending on the type of fistula that has formed, along with how severe it has become. Several of the more common signs and symptoms of fistulae associated with the GI system might include:

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

To speak with a caring provider about the symptoms you are experiencing with your fistula, contact an Arizona Digestive Health provider near you.

The treatment strategy for a fistula is generally determined by the location and severity. In some patients, fistulae heal on their own, without medical intervention. In other cases, fistulae must be addressed using medication or with a surgical procedure. Consult your gastroenterology provider at Arizona Digestive Health to discuss the appropriate treatment protocol for your individual health needs.

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At Arizona Digestive Health, our experienced gastrointestinal specialists are pleased to offer high-quality services to each of our patients. If you believe you need care for a fistula in Phoenix, AZ, request a consultation with a member of our team without delay. We will take the time to learn about your concerns and provide the care you need.

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