Fistula in Ocean Springs, MS

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A fistula occurs when there is an irregular tunnel between two hollow pouches (organs) in the body. These tunnels may develop from a disease, inflammation, or injury or may be intentionally induced via surgery for medical effects. Multiple types of fistulae can occur in your body. They are commonly grouped into one of four types:

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

Fistulae that form in GI organs can impact a person's health in various ways. Our Ocean Springs, MS providers are here to assist if you or a loved one need care for a fistula. Request a consultation with a gastroenterology provider at a Digestive Health Center location in your community to find specialized treatment for a fistula.

Various factors can lead to fistulae, depending upon the type and location. Generally speaking, common causes of fistulae include:

  • Having a fistula at birth
  • Diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease)
  • Infection
  • Complications from surgery
  • Trauma

To learn more about fistulae or their causes, request an appointment with one of our caring GI providers in Ocean Springs, MS today. Our staff looks forward to explaining this condition to you and guiding you in receiving proper care.

The symptoms of a fistula might differ significantly based on the kind of fistula that has formed and how severe it has become. Common symptoms of fistulae impacting the GI system often include:

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

The treatment for a fistula is determined according to its location and severity. In some instances, fistulae heal on their own, with no other treatment. In other cases, fistulae must be treated with a surgical procedure or medication. Talk with your GI provider at Digestive Health Center to identify the best treatment protocol for your health.

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At Digestive Health Center, our seasoned gastrointestinal specialists are pleased to provide individualized care to all our patients. If you are seeking help for a fistula in Ocean Springs, MS, please request an appointment with a member of our team at a location near you without delay. We will work with you to learn about your gastrointestinal issues and treat them appropriately.

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