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The term fistula refers to an abnormal tunnel between two hollow pouches (organs) in the body. These tunnels can form as a result of a disease, inflammation, or injury or can be induced through surgery for medical reasons. Several kinds of fistulae can occur around an individual's body that are often grouped into one of four classifications:

  • Intestinal: a connection among two different section of the intestine
  • Extraintestinal: a connection among a section of the intestine to another bodily organ
  • External: a connection among a section of the GI tract to the skin
  • Complex: impacting more than one organ (multiple connections)

Fistulae that occur in gastrointestinal organs can affect a patient's health and wellness in several ways. If you or a member of your family need specialize care for a fistula, our Illinois providers are here to help. Request a consultation with a gastroenterologist at a GI Alliance of Illinois location in your area to receive personalized care for a fistula.

Numerous factors might cause the formation of a fistula, which may depend on the type and location. Generally speaking, common causes of fistulae are:

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

To learn more about fistulae, request a consultation with one of our skilled GI providers in Chicago, IL. The team looks forward to helping you understand this health concern and assisting you to receive proper care.

Signs and symptoms fistulae might vary significantly depending on the type of fistula that has occured, along with how severe it has become. Some of the more common signs and symptoms of fistulae associated with the digestive organ often involve:

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

The treatment protocol for a fistula is typically based on the location and severity. In some individuals, fistulae resolve and close on their own, without the need for treatment. In certain patients, fistulae need to be addressed with a surgical procedure or using medication. Consult your GI provider at GI Alliance of Illinois to determine the optimal treatment method for your situation.

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At GI Alliance of Illinois, our seasoned GI specialists are pleased to deliver high-quality services to patients throughout the community. If you believe you need care for a fistula in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Bloomington, IL, please request a visit with one of our providers. We will work with you to learn about your health issues and provide the care you need.

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