Fistula in Denver, CO

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A fistula develops when there is an unnatural tunnel between two hollow organs in the body. These tunnels may form due to disease, inflammation, or injury, or can be surgically induced for medical reasons. Many different types of fistulae can develop around an individual's body. These are usually diagnosed as one of four types:

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

Fistulae that develop in gastrointestinal organs can affect a patient's health in numerous capacities. If you have been diagnosed with a fistula, our Denver, CO providers are able to help. Request a consultation with a digestive health specialist at a Denver Digestive Health Specialists location near you to obtain specialized care for a fistula.


Depending on the location and type, many different factors might cause the formation of a fistula. Generally, the common causes of fistula formation are:

  • Trauma
  • Infection
  • Being born with a fistula
  • Diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease)
  • Complications from surgery

For further details regarding fistulae, request a consultation with one of our skilled gastroenterologists in Denver, CO today. Our team looks forward to helping you understand the health concern and helping you identify the ideal treatment option.


Symptoms of fistulae can vary substantially depending on the kind of fistula that has occurred, and how severe it is. Some of the common symptoms of fistulae relating to the digestive tract can include:

  • Increased pulse rate
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Undernourishment

The treatment approach for a fistula is generally based on its location and severity. In some instances, fistulae resolve and close on their own, without medical intervention. In certain patients, fistulae must be addressed using medication or surgical procedures. Talk with your GI specialist at Denver Digestive Health Specialists to identify the ideal treatment approach for your health.

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At Denver Digestive Health Specialists, our seasoned gastrointestinal specialists are proud to deliver high-quality services to every person we are privileged to treat. If you need help with a fistula in Denver, CO, request an appointment with one of our providers. We will partner with you to learn about your health needs and provide the required treatment.

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