Fistula in Denver, CO

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A fistula occurs when there is an abnormal connection between two hollow organs in the body. Fistulae may arise from an injury, inflammation, or disease or might be induced through surgery for therapeutic reasons. Many different types of fistulae can form throughout the body. These are often categorized into one of four variations:

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

Fistulae that occur in GI organs can affect your health and wellness in a variety of ways. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with a fistula, our Denver, CO providers can assist. Arrange for a consultation with a GI specialist at a Colorado Gastroenterology location near you to receive proper care for a fistula.

Any number of factors might lead to fistulae, depending on the location and type. Generally, the common causes of fistula formation involve:

  • Infection
  • Certain diseases (including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease)
  • Trauma or injury
  • Being born with a fistula
  • Complication from surgery

To learn more about fistulae or their causes, request a consultation with one of our experienced GI specialists in Denver, CO today. Our team looks forward to helping you understand this health concern and guiding you through your ideal treatment option.

The symptoms of fistulae can differ greatly depending on the kind of fistula that has developed and its severity. Common signs and symptoms of fistulae related to the digestive tract include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Malnutrition
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Raised pulse rate
  • Dehydration

Treatment for a fistula is typically based on location and severity. In some cases, fistulae heal on their own, without the need for treatment. Sometimes, fistulae should be addressed with surgery or medication. Consult your gastroenterologist at Colorado Gastroenterology to select the optimal treatment approach for your health.

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At Colorado Gastroenterology, our distinguished GI specialists are excited to provide personalized care to every patient who walks through our doors. If you think you might need help with a fistula in Denver, CO, please request a consultation with a member of our team today. We will work with you to learn about your GI concerns and provide the care you need.

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