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Anal fistula by Dr. Anshu Gupta Patient Expert Posted Tue 02 Jun 2009 4:38pm What is anal fistula? Anal fistulae originate from the anal glands, which are located between the two layers of the anal sphincters and which drain into the anal canal. If the outlet of these glands becomes blocked, an abscess can form which can eventually point to the skin surface. The tract formed by this process is the fistula. Definiti ... Read on »
It's a boil! It's a wound! No! It's a fistula, man! by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 2:57pm I have a fistula in my left upper arm. I have so many people staring at it that I get a little uncomfortable at times. Now, fistulae generally are a little gross to see. Mine has the arterial vein dilated like crazy. That makes it even worse. Generally, my shirt or T shirt sleeve covers it but when a small part of it is visible ... Read on »
State of the fistula by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 13 Sep 2009 10:02pm I was visited by a team from Fresenius recently. They are planning to start home hemo training in India and wanted to see my setup. When they came, we discussed my treatment and they saw my fistula. They were quite alarmed. They said I should have it checked right away. They thought it was very risky to have such a huge fistula and it could rupture ... Read on »
Anal Abscesses/Fistulae by Dr. Anshu Gupta Patient Expert Posted Tue 02 Jun 2009 4:40pm 1 Comment An abscess results from an acute infection of a small gland just inside the anus, when bacteria or foreign matter enters the tissue through the gland. Certain conditions - colitis or other inflammation of the intestine, for example - can sometimes make these infections more likely. After an abscess has been drained, a tunnel may persis ... Read on »
Fistula Perils by Nathan M. Patient Expert Posted Wed 01 Oct 2008 8:41pm Hello everyone. I have had quite the adventure this week. I'll start out with last Saturday. I had my dialysis treatment at 6 am so that I could spend the rest of the day with Jenny. The dialysis technician that I had told me that it looked like my regular-shift technicians were using the same area of my fistula too much. He suggested that t ... Read on »
Fistula Revision is Healing by Nathan M. Patient Expert Posted Wed 01 Oct 2008 8:41pm I saw my vascular surgeon yesterday afternoon. I went in for a follow-up appointment to the fistula revision that I had done at the end of November. He ran the sonogram wand over my arm for about 15 minutes, and he said that the revision is healing very nicely. He also said that I would be ready to use it again in about three weeks. So, tha ... Read on »
Malpractice defense: Hysterectomy Leading to Vesicovaginal Fistula by David W. Patient Expert Posted Tue 24 Nov 2009 10:00pm In addition to my consulting work and writing the Health Business Blog, I’m chairman of the board of Advanced Practice Strategies, a medical risk management firm that provides litigation support for malpractice defense and an eLearning curriculum focused on enhancing patient safety. Here’s the Advanced Practice Strategies case of the month. Fo ... Read on »
Started New Fistula on Saturday by Nathan M. Patient Expert Posted Wed 01 Oct 2008 8:41pm I had another exciting dialysis treatment on Saturday. Normally, the dialysis treatment runs without issue for four hours, and then you go home. On Saturday night, however, I was not so lucky. My machine was having trouble with the arterial pressure. The arterial pressure is the amount of suction that the pump has to use to remove the blood f ... Read on »
Back to the Fistula by Nathan M. Patient Expert Posted Wed 01 Oct 2008 8:41pm Dialysis went well on Tuesday. I saw the nephrologist, and he wanted to take a look at my fistula. Now, the nephrologist comes by about once a week, and sees all thirty patients in about thirty minutes. I know that this doesn’t seem like long enough for him to actually say anything to you or actually do anything, but I think he must have taken ... Read on »
New Fistula Follow-Up by Nathan M. Patient Expert Posted Wed 01 Oct 2008 8:41pm I just got back from the vascular surgeon. Today was my one week follow up for the new fistula that he put in (back on Monday, 4/3/06). He unwrapped my bloodied bandages, and felt around my bruised skin. He then put the ultrasound wand over the fistula (which is a few centimeters above the incision) and took a look inside. He said that he lik ... Read on »