Fistula in Northwest Arkansas

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Fistula is the label used for an unnatural connection formed between two hollow bodily organs. These biological tunnels can arise from inflammation, injury, or disease or can be intentionally induced via surgery for medical reasons. Numerous types of fistulae can form around your body. These are commonly diagnosed as one of four variations:

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

Fistulae that occur in gastrointestinal organs can impact a patient's health in various ways. If you or a loved one need treatment for a fistula, our Arkansas providers are here to assist. Connect with a GI specialist at a GI Alliance of Arkansas location in your community to receive proper treatment for a fistula.

Fistulae may form as a result of many different factors, all of which can influence where the fistula forms and how it develops. Typical causes of fistulae development include:

  • Certain diseases (such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Complication from surgery
  • Infection
  • Injury or trauma
  • Being born with a fistula

For more information surrounding fistulae or their causes, request a consultation with one of our caring GI specialists in Arkansas. Our staff looks forward to helping you understand this health concern and helping you through your treatment.

Fistula symptoms might differ substantially depending on the type of fistula that has developed and how serious the condition is. Common signs and symptoms of fistulae associated with the GI tract often involve:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • High heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Malnutrition
  • Pain or discomfort

Treatment plans for fistula are designed specifically based on the location and severity of the issue. In some instances, fistulae will close on their own with no other treatment. Sometimes, fistulae can be addressed using medication or surgically. Speak with your GI provider at GI Alliance of Arkansas to identify the appropriate treatment protocol for your health concerns.

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At GI Alliance of Arkansas, our experienced gastroenterology providers are proud to offer personalized GI health services to every one of our patients. If you think you might need care for a fistula in Arkansas, request an appointment with one of our providers today. We will work with you to understand your gastrointestinal issues and address each of them appropriately.

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