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Female Urogenital Fistula

Female Urogenital Fistula

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A fistula is an abnormal connection that may form between organs.

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The most common type of fistula in these systems is a vesicovaginal fistula, in which the woman's vagina is connected to the urinary bladder. This causes leakage of urine from the vagina and results in frequent vaginal and bladder infections. Fistulas may also develop between the vagina and the large intestine (an enterovaginal fistula) or rectum (rectovaginal fistula) so that feces leak from the vagina.

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Fortunately, both of these types of fistulas are uncommon in the developed world. However, they are more common in developing countries, resulting from long, difficult labor and childbirth, especially in young girls. As a result, they are sometimes referred to as obstetric fistulas. If left unrepaired, urogenital fistulas result in constant vaginal leakage of urine or feces, causing extreme hardship and psychological trauma.

Female Urogenital Fistula - Risks & Causes

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The causes and symptoms of fistulas vary depending on their location.

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Female Urogenital Fistula - Symptoms & Evaluation

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A thorough history usually identifies risk factors that may lead to a vaginal fistula, such as recent pelvic surgery, infection, or prior radiation.

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Female Urogenital Fistula - Treatment Options

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Vaginal fistulas are usually treated with surgery through the abdomen or vagina.

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Physicians & Faculty

Dr. Patrick Culligan, MD | Cornell Urology

Patrick J. Culligan

M.D.

(212) 746-4600
(212) 746-4600
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Center for Female Pelvic Health
Dr. Bilal Chughtai, M.D.

Bilal Chughtai

M.D.

646.962.4811
646.962.4811
AETNA [Medicare], AETNA-HMO, AETNA-PPO, Aetna-Weill Cornell POS, Affinity Access, Affinity Essential, Affinity Health Plan, CIGNA, EBCBS HMO, EBCBS Mediblue, EBCBS PPO/EPO, Emblem Select Care, Empire BCBS HealthPlus, Empire BCBS HealthPlus (CHP), Fidelis Care, Health First, Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP), Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid], Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare], Medicaid, Medicare, Oxford Freedom, Oxford Health Plans [Liberty], Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter], Rockefeller University-CoreSource, UHC Compass-HMO, UHC Medicare, United Empire Plan, United Healthcare Commercial, VNSNY CHOICE Medicare, VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth
The Iris Cantor Men’s Health Center

Tanaka J. Dune

MD, FACOG

(212) 746-4600
(212) 746-4600
AETNA [Medicare], AETNA-HMO, AETNA-PPO, Aetna-Weill Cornell POS, Blue Priority Network, CIGNA, EBCBS HMO, EBCBS Mediblue, EBCBS Pathway X, EBCBS Pathway X Enhanced, EBCBS PPO/EPO, Empire BCBS HealthPlus, Empire BCBS HealthPlus (CHP), Fidelis Care, Health First, Medicare, NY State Medicaid, Oxford Freedom, Oxford Health Plans [Liberty], Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter], Oxford Medicare, POMCO, Rockefeller University-CoreSource, United Healthcare Commercial, VNSNY CHOICE Medicare, VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth
Center for Female Pelvic Health
Dr. Richard K. Lee, M.D. | Cornell Urology

Richard Lee

M.D., M.B.A.

646.962.4811
646.962.4811
AETNA [Medicare], AETNA-HMO, AETNA-PPO, Aetna-Weill Cornell POS, Affinity Access, Affinity Essential, Affinity Health Plan, CIGNA, EBCBS HMO, EBCBS Mediblue, EBCBS PPO/EPO, Emblem Select Care, Empire BCBS HealthPlus, Empire BCBS HealthPlus (CHP), Fidelis Care, Health First, Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP), Medicaid, Medicare, Oxford Freedom, Oxford Health Plans [Liberty], Oxford Health Plans [Medicare], Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter], Rockefeller University-CoreSource, UHC Compass-HMO, UHC Medicare, United Empire Plan, United Healthcare Commercial, VNSNY CHOICE Medicare, VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth
Brady Urologic Health Center

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