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Intestinal Fistula MeSH Descriptor Data 2024

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Intestinal Fistula
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RDF Unique Identifier
fistula policy: Manual 23.19+; RECTAL FISTULA & RECTOVAGINAL FISTULA are also available; pathological artificial anus in historical literature is indexed here or under its specifics; surgically created artificial anus is indexed under COLOSTOMY
Scope Note
An abnormal anatomical passage between the INTESTINE, and another segment of the intestine or other organs. External intestinal fistula is connected to the SKIN (enterocutaneous fistula). Internal intestinal fistula can be connected to a number of organs, such as STOMACH (gastrocolic fistula), the BILIARY TRACT (cholecystoduodenal fistula), or the URINARY BLADDER of the URINARY TRACT (colovesical fistula). Risk factors include inflammatory processes, cancer, radiation treatment, and surgical misadventures (MEDICAL ERRORS).
Entry Term(s)
Cholecystoduodenal Fistula
Colovesical Fistula
Enterocutaneous Fistula
NLM Classification #
WI 418
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Intestinal Fistula Preferred
Enterocutaneous Fistula Narrower
Cholecystoduodenal Fistula Narrower
Colovesical Fistula Narrower
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