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Intestinal Fistula Symptoms and Treatment

Intestinal FistulaAn intestinal fistula sounds about as unpleasant as it actually is, as it’s essentially a hole or opening in the stomach or intestines that allows the leakage of the contents of those gastrointestinal organs. In some cases, the leak goes to the intestines, and in other cases it goes right out through the skin,

Small Bowel Fistula Management

Small Bowel FistulaA small bowel fistula occurs when epithelial tissue from the outer lining of the intestine attaches and connects to another organ, inside of the skin, or another part of the intestines. Although large bowel or colon fistulas are more common, small bowel fistulas do occur especially after abdominal surgery. An enterocutaneous fistuala is one that connects the intestine and the skin. About 80% of this kind of fistula is the result of abdominal surgery.

Symptoms of Bowel Obstruction – What Are They?

Symptoms of Bowel ObstructionWhat are the symptoms of bowel obstruction, and what should you do if you experience any of these symptoms? There are a number of signs which can indicate a bowel obstruction, and these will vary depending on whether the small intestine or large intestine is being blocked. Blood on toilet paper after bowel movement can be a sign of an obstructed bowel in some cases, but it can also be an indication of hemorrhoids were many other minor problems as well. Needing frequent relief for constipation can be another sign that your bowel function is not working properly, and if you seem to be constipated more than usual you may want to be evaluated by a physician.

Perianal Fistula Causes

Perianal FistulaWhat causes a perianal fistula to develop, and how can you prevent this condition from occurring? The main cause of an enterocutaneous fistula, rectovaginal fistula, and other anal fistula types is an anal gland obstruction, which causes an infection that turns into an abscess and will not heal. There are other possible causes for this condition as well, and these can include surgery to repair and remove hemorrhoids, infections by any type of pathogens, cancers and malignancies, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Genetics may play a part with some of these causes, because certain inflammatory bowel diseases may have a genetic component, but in many cases lifestyle and hygiene may also play a role.

Bloody Bowel Movements – What to Do?

Bloody Bowel MovementsIf you have bloody bowel movements, whether this is a single occurrence or it has happened a number of times, you may be concerned and unsure of what to do. Stool which contains blood is never a normal sign, and this means that there is a problem somewhere. This problem can be as minor as a hemorrhoid or it can be as serious as bowel cancer or one of the symptoms of bowel obstruction, so it is important that you understand what to do when this occurs. The color and amount of the blood should be noted, because the blood in your stool can be bright red, dark brown, or even black with the consistency of coffee grounds.

Enterocutaneous Fistula Symptoms

Enterocutaneous FistulaEnterocutaneous fistula symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe, but these symptoms usually require medical treatment, depending on where they are located and the severity of the condition. The fistula treatment recommended will also depend on these factors and others. Common problems include dehydration and malnutrition if you have a fistula, and with an enterocutaneous fistula you may also notice skin irritations and infections in the affected location. Stool and bowel leakage can occur through the wound that is present in your skin, and you may notice an unpleasant smell coming from the wound as well.