Fistula in Dallas, TX

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Fistula is a general term that refers to an irregular tunnel amongst two hollow organs in the body. Fistulae may form due to a disease, inflammation, or injury, or can be induced through surgery for medicinal effects. Numerous kinds of fistulae can form within an individual's body, which are generally grouped into one of four variations:

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

Fistulae that develop in gastrointestinal organs can impact a person's health and wellness in numerous ways. If you or a loved one need specialized care for a fistula, or suspect that you may have one, our Dallas, TX providers are able to help. Arrange for a consultation with a GI physician at a Digestive Health Associates of Texas location near you to get specialized care for a fistula.

A variety of factors might lead to a fistula, and these factors can be dependent upon the type and location. In general, the common causes of fistulae are:

  • Infection
  • Being born with a fistula
  • Complication from a surgical procedure
  • Diseases (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Trauma or injury

To learn more about fistulae or their causes, request an appointment with one of our skilled GI specialists in Dallas, TX today. Our team looks forward to helping you understand this condition and assisting you in identifying the ideal treatment option.

Signs and symptoms of a fistula may vary greatly depending on the type of fistula, along with how severe it has become. Some of the common signs and symptoms of fistulae impacting the gastrointestinal system may involve:

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

The treatment approach for a fistula depends on the location and severity. In some cases, fistulae will close on their own, without the need for treatment. In certain patients, fistulae should be treated with a surgical procedure or using medication. Consult your gastroenterology specialist at Digestive Health Associates of Texas to determine the ideal treatment approach for your health and wellness.

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At Digestive Health Associates of Texas, our distinguished gastrointestinal specialists are excited to offer exceptional treatment to every patient who walks through our doors. If you believe you need assistance for a fistula in Dallas, TX, request an appointment with one of our providers at the location nearest you today. We will partner with you to learn about your GI issues and provide the care you need.

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