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  1. Tracheoesophageal fistula.

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    Slater, Bethany J; Rothenberg, Steven S

    2016-06-01

    Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is a relatively rare congenital anomaly. Surgical intervention is required to establish esophageal continuity and prevent aspiration and overdistension of the stomach. Since the first successful report of thoracoscopic TEF repair in 2000, the minimally invasive approach has become increasingly utilized. The main advantages of the thoracoscopic technique include avoidance of a thoracotomy, improved cosmesis, and superior visualization of the anatomy and fistula afforded by the laparoscope׳s magnification. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Tracheoesophageal fistula repair - slideshow

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    ... page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/presentations/100103.htm Tracheoesophageal fistula repair - series—Normal anatomy To use the sharing ... Editorial team. Related MedlinePlus Health Topics Esophagus Disorders Fistulas Tracheal Disorders A.D.A.M., Inc. is ...

  3. Esophageal Atresia and Tracheoesophageal Fistula

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    ... tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) are 2 disorders of the digestive system. They happen in babies before the babies are ... The main problems EA causes are with the digestive system. TEF usually presents itself through breathing problems. Symptoms ...

  4. Gastroesophageal reflux disease and postlaryngectomy tracheoesophageal fistula.

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    Cocuzza, Salvatore; Bonfiglio, Marco; Chiaramonte, Rita; Aprile, Giuseppe; Mistretta, Antonio; Grosso, Giuseppe; Serra, Agostino

    2012-05-01

    The objective of this study is to evaluate the incidence of pathologic gastroesophageal reflux in laryngectomized patient with phonatory prosthesis, analyzing potential related problems and appraising, at the same time, the effectiveness of a therapeutic protocol. A retrospective study was conducted on 43 phonatory prosthesis patients who had problems with regard to recurrent tracheoesophageal granulations, the need of frequent prosthesis replacement, within a 3-month period, and unsatisfactory vocal results. Such patients underwent physical examination of the fistula region and of the neopharynx and were submitted to esophagogastroduodenoscopy. Moreover the group of patients underwent a therapeutic protocol and were re-evaluated posttreatment, examining fistula region both on the tracheal side and on the esophageal side through videolaryngostroboscopy. Of the 43 recruited patients 13 (30%) presented tracheoesophageal granulations, 20 (46.5%) unsatisfactory vocal results and 10 (23.5%) frequent prosthesis replacement, within a 3-month period, due to abnormal biofilm development. In particular, of the 13 patients who had recurrent granulations, the evaluation results revealed the presence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in 6 cases (46%). In the group of patients presenting unsatisfactory vocal results GERD was shown in 13 cases (65%). In the third group of patients GERD was found in two cases (20%). The overall analysis of the data gathered, allowed to identify GERD in 21 (49%) of the 43 patients submitted to the study. The results posttreatment indicated, in the first group, the disappearance or a significant (>75%) volume reduction of such formation in five cases (38%, p = 0.002). In the second group an overall improvement in the quality of voice was displayed at least for 12 patients (60%, p = 0.0001). Finally in the last group an increase of the prosthesis life was recorded in four (40%, p = 0.05) of the ten patients who had the need of prosthesis

  5. Tracheoesophageal fistula secondary to muriatic acid ingestion.

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    Pense, S C; Wood, W J; Stempel, T K; Zwemer, F L; Wachtel, T L

    1988-02-01

    Acid ingestion may result in a variety of early and late complications. A patient is presented with severe sequelae from muriatic acid ingestion, including a tracheoesophageal fistula which is a previously unreported complication of acid ingestion injury. Recommendations are made for diagnosis and prevention of this potentially lethal complication.

  6. Ingested Metallic Spool: A Rare Cause of Acquired Tracheoesophageal Fistula

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    Talat, Nabila

    2017-01-01

    Foreign body (FB) ingestion is a common problem in children. Prolonged impaction of FB in esophagus may result in tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF). A 6-year-old girl presented with progressive dysphagia and recurrent chest infections. No history of FB ingestion was given by parents. Further investigations revealed FB (spool) in cervical esophagus. Patient was successfully managed by surgery through trans-cervical approach. PMID:28164003

  7. Early Recognition of H-Type Tracheoesophageal Fistula

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    Elhassan, Elbagir

    2012-01-01

    Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) without associated esophageal atresia (EA) is a rare congenital anomaly. Diagnosis in neonatal period is usually not made and most of the patients are treated as cases of pneumonia. A case of H-type of tracheoesophageal fistula, diagnosed within 24 hours of delivery based upon choking and cyanosis on first trial of feed, is being reported. Diagnosis was confirmed with contrast esophagram. Through cervical approach fistula was repaired and baby had uneventful post operative outcome. PMID:22953298

  8. Esophageal dysmotility is present before surgery in isolated tracheoesophageal fistula.

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    Lemoine, Caroline; Aspirot, Ann; Morris, Melanie; Faure, Christophe

    2015-05-01

    After surgical correction of esophageal atresia with or without tracheoesophageal fistula, esophageal body motility dysfunction has been reported in nearly all patients. Using high-resolution esophageal manometry before surgical repair in 2 children with isolated tracheoesophageal fistula, we sought to determine whether dysmotility was present before any surgical insult to test the hypothesis that dysmotility associated with esophageal atresia with or without tracheoesophageal fistula is related to intrinsic primary factors linked to abnormal development of the esophagus. Both had an abnormal esophageal motility: one exhibited hypomotility with distal contraction, whereas the other showed a complete aperistalsis pattern. This suggests that esophageal dysmotility is congenital in nature rather than secondary to surgery.

  9. Treatment of large persistent tracheoesophageal peristomal fistulas using silicon rings.

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    Erdim, Ibrahim; Sirin, Ali Ahmet; Baykal, Bahadir; Oghan, Fatih; Guvey, Ali; Kayhan, Fatma Tulin

    Tracheoesophageal peristomal fistulae can often be solved by reducing the size of the fistula or replacing the prosthesis; however, even with conservative techniques, leakage around the fistula may continue in total laryngectomy patients. Also, several techniques have been developed to overcome this problem, including injections around the fistula, fistula closure with local flaps, myofascial flaps, or free flaps and fistula closure using a septal perforation silicon button. To present the results of the application of silicon ring expanding the voice prosthesis in patients with large and persistent peri-prosthetic fistula. A voice prosthesis was fitted to 42 patients after total laryngectomy. Leakage was detected around the prosthesis in 18 of these 42 patients. Four patients demonstrated improvement with conservative methods. Eight of 18 patients who couldn't be cured with conservative methods were treated by using primary suture closure and 4 patients were treated with local flaps. As silicon ring was applied as a primary treatment in the 2 remaining patients and also, applied to 2 patients who had recurrence after suture repair and to 2 patients who had recurrence after local flap implementation. Silicon rings were used in a total of 6 patients due to the secondary trachea-esophageal fistula. Patients were treated with provox-1 initially and later with provox-2. At the time of leakage around the fistula, 6 patients had provox-2. Fistulae were treated successfully in 6 patients, and effective speech of patients was preserved. Patients experienced no adaptation problem. Prosthesis changing time was not different between silicon rings expanded and normal prosthesis applied patients. Silicon ring combined voice prosthesis was used 26 times; there was no recurrence in fistula complication during 29±6 months follow up. Silicon rings for modified expanded voice prosthesis seems to be an effective treatment for persistent peri-prosthetic leakage, for both, fistula

  10. Repair of large, iatrogenic, tracheo-esophageal fistulae.

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    Chappell, Vicky L; Heck, Herman A

    2007-02-01

    Closure of large, iatrogenic, tracheo-esophageal fistulae present a formidable technical challenge. Our method of repair is presented, which describes the exposure and subsequent closure that relies on creating a new "membranous" trachea using remnant flaps of the esophageal wall of the fistula.

  11. Tracheoesophageal fistula length decreases over time.

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    Jiang, Nancy; Kearney, Ann; Damrose, Edward J

    2016-07-01

    The objectives of this study were to demonstrate that the length of the tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis changes over time and to determine whether the prosthesis length over time increased, decreased, or showed no predictable change in size. A retrospective chart review was performed at a tertiary care referral center. Patients who underwent either primary or secondary tracheoesophageal puncture between January 2006 and August 2014 were evaluated. Patients were excluded if the tracheoesophageal prosthesis size was not consistently recorded or if they required re-puncturing for an extruded prosthesis. Data analyzed included patient demographics and the length of the tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis at each change. A total of 37 patients were identified. The mean age was 64 years. Seventy-six percent were male. 24 % underwent primary tracheoesophageal puncture and 76 % underwent secondary tracheoesophageal puncture. The length of the prosthesis decreased over time (median Kendall correlation coefficient = -0.60; mean = -0.44) and this correlation between length and time was significant (p = 0.00085). Therefore, in conclusion, tracheoesophageal prosthesis length is not constant over time. The tracheoesophageal wall thins, necessitating placement of shorter prostheses over time. Patients with a tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis will require long-term follow-up and repeat sizing of their prosthesis. Successful tracheoesophageal voicing will require periodic reevaluation of these devices, and insurers must, therefore, understand that long-term professional care will be required to manage these patients and their prostheses.

  12. Tracheoesophageal Fistula Secondary to Esophageal Carcinoma Presenting With Aspiration Pneumonia

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    Adler, Leon; Kabnick, Earl M.; Patel, Mahendra; Azueta, Victor; Helfgott, Andrew; Alexander, Leslie L.; Tafreshi, Mahmood

    1985-01-01

    Tracheoesophageal fistulas should be suspected in patients with recurring chronic aspiration pneumonitis. They are most often secondary to intrathoracic malignancies. A case report of a patient with this disorder is presented, along with a review of pertinent literature. ImagesFigure 1Figure 2Figure 3Figure 4 PMID:3999155

  13. Congenital bilateral syngnathia and tracheoesophageal fistula: A rare presentation

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    Khasgiwala, Ankit; Jangam, Sagar; Sharma, Shashi; Newaskar, Vilas

    2016-01-01

    Congenital syngnathia (CS), first reported by Burket in 1936, is a rare condition, with <50 reported cases and is associated with other conditions and syndromes. CS restricts mouth opening, causing difficulty in feeding, swallowing, and respiration. This report puts forth the clinical findings and management of this challenging condition in association with tracheoesophageal fistula in a neonate. PMID:27994431

  14. Acquired tracheoesophageal fistula status post laryngeal neoplasm resection

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    Luber, Sarah; Alweis, Richard

    2015-01-01

    A tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF), albeit rare, can be a life-threatening condition that requires prompt identification and treatment. Pulmonary contamination and restriction of proper nutrition are common, unfortunate consequences of untreated TEFs and are often the causes of mortality in this population. In our patient, a history of laryngeal malignancy along with symptoms of chest pain and cough with ingestion of liquids, even without evidence of aspiration pneumonia, appropriately prompted investigation for potential TEF. Initial imaging through barium swallow identified the TEF, and the patient underwent treatment with endoclips by endoscopy with bronchoscopic assistance. PMID:25846352

  15. Button battery induced traumatic tracheoesophageal fistula: Case report and review of literature.

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    Abdulkareem, Insaf; Sabir, Omayma M; Elamin, Abdelaziz

    2011-01-01

    Although accidental ingestions by children of various household chemicals and medicines are well described and the treatment is supported by protocols and hotlines, the ingestion of button batteries is less publicized, and the dangers are less understood by both parents and health care providers. We describe the case of a three-year-old girl, who presented to hospital with respiratory distress, cough, and fever; three weeks after the ingestion of a button battery. Endoscopic examination revealed impacted 20 mm disc battery, which was removed, and a tracheoesophageal fistula (TOF) in the upper third of the oesophagus associated with severe oesophagitis, and oesophageal ulcers. There was also evidence of oesophageal fungal infection, and severe hyperemic pan-gastritis and duodenitis. Parents were counseled and conservative management advised, but they opted for surgical repair of the TOF. The operation was done and the child survived, but she ended up with a tracheal stricture and recurrent chest infections. In conclusion, oesophageal button battery impaction places the patient at high risk for tracheoesophageal fistula. The key to successful therapy is prompt diagnosis and removal, which saves life and decreases morbidity. Because of the complications associated with this condition, patients should be managed at an institution with skilled personnel and facilities for advanced life support.

  16. Cervical repair of congenital tracheoesophageal fistula: Complications lurking!

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    Conforti, Andrea; Iacusso, Chiara; Valfrè, Laura; Trozzi, Marilena; Bottero, Sergio; Bagolan, Pietro

    2016-10-01

    Esophageal atresia (EA) and tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) consist of a spectrum of rare congenital abnormalities. Although EA surgical treatment is well established, the outcome of EA with proximal fistula (type B and D EA) or isolated H-type fistula (type E EA) is poorly explored. These forms of EA shared a common surgical step: the need of a cervical approach to close the fistula. Therefore, the aim of present study is to evaluate postoperative outcomes of patients treated for Gross type B-D and E EA, on regards of their cervical surgery. A retrospective case series analysis of all patients affected by type B-D and E EA, and admitted to our tertiary care center between January 2003 and December 2014 was performed. All patients underwent preoperative flexible laryngo-tracheobronchoscopy (LTBS) as part of our standardized preoperative diagnostic assessment to define the diagnosis, evaluate preoperative vocal cord motility and to cannulate the fistula when required. Fistula closure was always performed through a right cervical access. Analysis of all cases and comparison between type B-D and E EA were performed. Mann-Whitney test, Chi-squared test and unpaired t test were used as appropriate; p<0.05 was considered significant. During the study period, 180 EA newborns were treated. Proximal or isolated TEF was found in 18 patients (10%): 7 type B, 11 type E EA. Patients affected by type B and E EA/TEF frequently present associated major malformations (27%), and major cardiac abnormalities (44%). Major postoperative complications were: vocal cord paralysis (5 patients), bilateral in 2 infants requiring tracheostomy, cerebral ischemia (1 patient), and cardiac failure (1 patient). Patients affected by type B and E EA have a high rate of associated abnormalities, and risk of possible sequelae. Postoperative complications are common, with possible transient vocal cord dismotility, but in some cases persistent paralysis may require tracheostomy. Therefore, both

  17. Fully-covered metallic stenting in an infant with tracheoesophageal fistula due to button battery ingestion.

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    Zhang, Zhongxiao; Ma, Jing; Liu, Shuaishuai; Liu, Xia; Yan, Xiuli; Niu, Tiehuan; Li, Changxiao; Li, Qian; Wang, Chao; Meng, Chen

    2017-04-01

    Previously, the main treatment options for tracheoesophageal fistula included surgery and conservative treatment. Herein, we report a child suffering from severe tracheoesophageal fistula due to button battery ingestion. The child relapsed soon after a repair surgery. Then, he was endotracheally implanted with a fully-covered metallic stent combined with a jejunal tube feeding. He recovered soon and the stent was removed five months later. The fistula was healed with no relapse during a 25-month follow-up. Therefore, endotracheal implantation of fully-covered metallic stent is an alternative treatment for tracheoesophageal fistula due to button battery ingestion, especially in cases with severe respiratory disorders. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Expanding the BP1-BP2 15q11.2 Microdeletion Phenotype: Tracheoesophageal Fistula and Congenital Cataracts.

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    Wong, D; Johnson, S M; Young, D; Iwamoto, L; Sood, S; Slavin, T P

    2013-01-01

    The proximal q arm of chromosome 15 contains breakpoint regions BP1-BP5 with the classic deletion of BP1-BP3 best known to be associated with Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes. The region is approximately 500 kb and microdeletions within the BP1-BP2 region have been reported in patients with developmental delay, behavioral abnormalities, and motor apraxia as well as dysmorphic features including hypertelorism, cleft or narrow palate, ear abnormalities, and recurrent upper airway infections. We report two patients with unique, never-before-reported 15q11.2 BP1-2 microdeletion syndrome findings, one with proximal esophageal atresia and distal tracheoesophageal fistula (type C) and one with congenital cataracts. Cataracts have been described in Prader-Willi syndrome but we could not find any description of cataracts in Angelman syndrome. Esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula have not been reported to our knowledge in either syndrome. A chance exists that both cases are sporadic birth defects; however, the findings of the concomitant microdeletion cannot be overlooked as a possible cause. Based on our review of the literature and the presentation of our patients, we recommend that esophageal atresia and distal tracheoesophageal fistula as well as congenital cataracts be included in the phenotypic spectrum of 15q11.2 BP1-2 microdeletion syndrome.

  19. Weekday vs. weekend repair of esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula.

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    Sayari, Arash J; Tashiro, Jun; Wang, Bo; Perez, Eduardo A; Lasko, David S; Sola, Juan E

    2016-05-01

    We hypothesize that weekend esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF) repair has worse outcomes compared to procedures performed on weekdays. Kids' Inpatient Database (1997-2009) was searched for EA/TEF in infants admitted at <8days of life. Cases were limited to patients who underwent repair during their hospitalization. Risk-adjusted multivariate analysis (MVA) compared complications, mortality, and resource utilization (length of stay [LOS] total charges [TC]) between weekday and weekend procedures. Overall, 861 EA/TEF cases with known day of repair were identified. Cohort survival was 96%. On risk-adjusted MVA, complication rates were higher with EA/TEF repair on a weekend (OR: 2.2) compared to a weekday. Additionally, complications (OR: 6.5) and LOS (OR: 9.3) were found to be higher among African American children compared to Caucasians. LOS was higher in patients with Medicaid (OR: 2.4) and repairs performed at non-teaching hospitals (OR: 3.2). Weekend vs. weekday procedure had no significant effect on mortality or resource utilization. By risk-adjusted MVA, increased complication rates for EA/TEF are seen in patients undergoing repair on weekends compared to weekdays. Additionally, African American children experienced higher complication rates compared to Caucasians. LOS after repair varies according to race, payer status, and hospital characteristics. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Esophageal Microperforation due to Calcified Mediastinal Lymph Node Leading to Tracheoesophageal Fistula

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    Schrickel, E. Brooke; Siddiqui, Fayez; O'Brien, John; Kruer, James

    2016-01-01

    A 42-year-old male presented with worsening gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms and cough. The clinical symptoms during the early course of illness were striking for aspiration pneumonia. He was given a prescription of proton pump inhibitors and antibiotics. Rapid decline in the clinical condition with worsening respiratory status was noted. Worsening symptoms of fever, cough, and chest pain prompted further diagnostic work-up suggesting esophageal microperforation. Esophagogram was found to be suggestive of tracheoesophageal fistula. The tracheoesophageal fistula was due to subcarinal lymph node of nontuberculous origin. PMID:27366334

  1. The role of preoperative CT scan in patients with tracheoesophageal fistula: a review.

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    Garge, Saurabh; Rao, K L N; Bawa, Monika

    2013-09-01

    The morbidity and mortality associated with esophageal atresia with or without a fistula make it a challenging congenital abnormality for the pediatric surgeon. Anatomic factors like inter-pouch gap and origin of fistula are not taken into consideration in various prognostic classifications. The preoperative evaluation of these cases with computerized tomography (CT) has been used by various investigators to delineate these factors. We reviewed these studies to evaluate the usefulness of this investigation in the intra operative and post operative period. A literature search was done on all peer-reviewed articles published on preoperative computed tomography (CT) in cases of tracheoesophageal fistula using the PUBMED and MEDLINE search engines. Key words included tracheoesophageal fistula, computerized tomography, virtual bronchoscopy, and 3D computerized tomography reconstruction. Further, additional articles were selected from the list of references obtained from the retrieved publications. A total of 8 articles were selected for analysis. In most of the studies, comprising 96 patients, observations noted in preoperative CT were confirmed during surgery. In a study by Mahalik et al [Mahalik SK, Sodhi KS, Narasimhan KL, Rao KL. Role of preoperative 3D CT reconstruction for evaluation of patients with esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula. Pediatr Surg Int. 2012 Jun 22. [Epub ahead of print

  2. Thoracoscopic repair of esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula in neonates, first decade's experience.

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    Rothenberg, S S

    2013-01-01

    The first thoracoscopic esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula (EATEF) repair was performed in March of 2000. This report evaluates the results and evolution of the technique in a single surgeons' experience after the first decade of thoracoscopic EATEF repair. From March 2000 to September 2012, 52 consecutive patients with type 3 EATEF, and an additional nine patients with pure esophageal atresia (EA) were repaired by or under the direct supervision of a single surgeon. Patient weight ranged from 1.2 to 3.8 kg (mean 2.6 kg). Twenty-two patients had significant associated congenital anomalies. The repairs were performed using three ports. The fistula was ligated using a single endoscopic clip, and the anastomosis was performed using a single layer of interrupted sutures. A transanastomotic tube and chest drain were left in all cases. Fifty-one of the 52 procedures were completed successfully thoracoscopically. Operative times ranged from 50 to 120 minutes (average 85 minutes). There were three clinical leaks, one in an EATEF and two in patients with long-gap pure EA, all resolved with conservative therapy. Oral feedings were started on day 5 in all other patients. Twelve of 61 patients required dilations (1-9), and 18 required a Nissen fundoplication for severe reflux. One patient required a thoracoscopic aortopexy for severe tracheomalacia. All patients are currently on full oral feedings. No patient has any evidence of chest wall asymmetry, winged scapula, or clinically significant scoliosis. There have been no recurrent fistulas. Thoracoscopic EA repair has proven to be an effective and safe technique. Initial experience resulted in a higher stricture rate, but this improved with experience and changes in technique. The results are superior to that of documented open series and avoid the morbidity of an open thoracotomy.

  3. Tracheo-Esophageal Fistula (TEF) in a Newborn Following Maternal Antenatal Exposure to Olanzapine.

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    Maharshi, Vikas; Banerjee, Indranil; Nagar, Pravesh; Rehan, Harmeet Singh

    2017-12-01

    There is a dearth of evidence on the safety of the use of antipsychotics during pregnancy. Olanzapine, a pregnancy category C drug, has no unequivocal evidence of harm to the fetus. Against this backdrop, we report the first case of a tracheo-esophageal fistula (TEF) in a newborn following maternal antenatal exposure to olanzapine. A 29-year-old woman with acute psychotic disorder had been treated with olanzapine for the last 7 years. Her first pregnancy, while taking olanzapine, resulted in a miscarriage at 4 months' gestation, following which she discontinued olanzapine. She reconceived after a few months and delivered a full-term normal child. However, due to the recurrence of psychiatric illness after her second pregnancy, she was prescribed olanzapine again, which was continued throughout her third pregnancy. The outcome of the third pregnancy was a full-term female baby with a TEF. The baby was managed surgically and discharged with satisfactory vital signs. Unfortunately, however, the baby did not survive beyond 11 months of age. Causality between antenatal maternal olanzapine exposure and TEF in the newborn was determined to be 'probable' (score +5) as per the Naranjo causality assessment scale. Greater knowledge of this potential teratogenicity caused by olanzapine is needed to reduce morbidity and mortality in newborns.

  4. The evaluation of deglutition with videofluoroscopy after repair of esophageal atresia and/or tracheoesophageal fistula.

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    Yalcin, Sule; Demir, Numan; Serel, Selen; Soyer, Tutku; Tanyel, F Cahit

    2015-11-01

    A retrospective study was performed to evaluate the functional disorders of deglutition with videofluoroscopy (VFS), in children operated for esophageal atresia (EA) and/or tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF). Patients with the repair of EA-TEF were evaluated in respect to the type of malformation, operative procedure, postoperative complications, deglutitive and respiratory symptoms, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The dysphagia score, VFS findings of oral, pharyngeal and esophageal phases, and penetration-aspiration scale (PAS) score were recorded in the evaluation of the deglutitive functions. Thirty-two cases with a median age of 48months (2-120months), and male to female ratio of 14:18 were included in the study. Most of the cases had Gross type C anomaly (n=26, 81.3%), and the others were type A (n=3), D (n=2) and E (n=1). The incidence of associated anomalies was 71.8%. The patients underwent primary (n=26, 81.3%) or delayed (n=6, 18.7%) anastomosis. Postoperative complications including anastomotic stricture (n=12), leak (n=2) and recurrent fistula (n=2) were managed by dilatation, conservative approach and repair of the fistula, respectively. Recurrent pneumonia (n=13), cough with liquid intake (n=10) and food impaction (n=7) were recorded in the history. Management of GERD included medical (n=11) and surgical (n=7) treatment. The median dysphagia score was 3.5 (min: 0-max: 27). The oral phase of VFS was normal in most of the cases (n=29, 90.6%). Only three had mild or moderate impairment, and none had severe. The pharyngeal phase showed no impairment in 23 of the cases (71.8%), and severe impairment was observed only in 3 of all, for the parameters of hyolaryngeal elevation and airway closure. Opposite to the first two phases of the deglutition, the esophageal phase was normal in only 2 of the cases (6.3%). Among the other 30 cases with impairment, only two had mild, and the rest had moderate to severe problems. Esophageal backflow, motility and

  5. Surgical treatment of tracheoesophageal fistula in a patient with severe acute respiratory syndrome complicated with extensive pulmonary fibrosis.

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    Lee, Jang-Ming; Lee, Pei-Lin; Kuo, Shuenn-Wen; Hwang, Juey-Jen; Lee, Yung-Chie

    2004-12-01

    Tracheoesophageal fistula is an uncommon complication usually associated with chronic usage of ventilator and pressure necrosis of the tracheoesophageal wall. A 56-year-old female patient with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) with tracheoesophageal fistula is reported. She was intubated for ventilatory support 3 days after admission because of progressive respiratory distress. Methylprednisolone pulse therapy followed by a maintenance dosage was given due to persistence of bilateral pulmonary fibrosis. Thirty three days after admission, she underwent tracheostomy because of difficulty in weaning from the ventilator. Ten days after tracheostomy, she developed tracheoesophageal fistula, which was confirmed by bronchoscopy and panendoscopy. Tracheal resection and primary repair for the esophageal defect was performed via a cervical incision combined with partial sternotomy. She was weaned from the ventilator soon after the surgery and discharged 34 days after the operation. In SARS patients with persistent pulmonary fibrosis and under prolonged corticosteroid treatment, special care should be given to avoid intubation-related tracheal injury during the period of ventilatory support. The tracheoesophageal fistula, once developed, can be repaired in a single stage after improvement of the nutritional status.

  6. Video: argon plasma coagulator in a 2-month-old child with tracheoesophageal fistula.

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    Nardo, Giovanni Di; Oliva, Salvatore; Barbato, Maria; Aloi, Marina; Midulla, Fabio; Roggini, Mario; Valitutti, Francesco; Frediani, Simone; Cucchiara, Salvatore

    2012-09-01

    A 2 month-old boy was admitted to the authors' hospital because of regurgitation and persistent cough during breastfeeding. A chest X-ray examination and a barium esophagogram disclosed small amounts of barium passing in the trachea, suggesting a tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF). Bronchoscopy combined with upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy performed with the patient under general anesthesia confirmed the fistula. The TEF was treated by injection of 1 ml Glubran 2 from the esophageal side. A nasogastric tube was placed for feedings, and 7 days later, a barium esophagogram showed a reduction of caliber but not complete closure of the TEF. Unsuccessful fistula obliteration with Glubran was attributed to technical difficulties in catheterization of the fistula orifice, mainly resulting from its close proximity to the upper esophageal sphincter and to its small caliber. Therefore, an argon plasma coagulator (APC) probe with a circumferentially oriented nozzle was used from the esophageal side as an alternative technique to fulgurate the residual fistula orifice (see video). A nasogastric tube was placed for feedings. Oral feeding was started 7 days later when a barium esophagogram confirmed complete fistula closure. At the 2-year follow-up visit, the boy was asymptomatic, and the barium esophagogram was negative. This report describes a case in which esophagoscopy gave a clear view of the fistula due to its direction from esophagus to trachea. Complete fistula obliteration was not obtained with Glubran. However, APC was successfully used to close the residual fistula orifice. The authors suggest that APC can be used as an alternative endoscopic technique to repair TEF when other techniques fail.

  7. Compromised ventilation caused by tracheoesophageal fistula and gastrointestinal endoscope undergoing removal of disk battery on esophagus in pediatric patient -A case report-.

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    Kim, Kyung-Woo; Kim, Ji Yeon; Kim, Jung Won; Park, Jang Su; Choe, Won Joo; Kim, Kyung-Tae; Lee, Sangil

    2011-09-01

    Ingestion of disk batteries may have serious complications such as esophageal burn, perforation, and tracheoesophageal fistula, particularly when the battery is caught in the esophagus. Proper placement of the tracheal tube is critical when tracheoesophageal fistula was occurred from esophageal impaction the battery. Endoscopy of upper gastrointestinal tract in infants and children is an important and effective tool for the diagnosis and treatment of foreign body ingestion. But upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in infant and children has very high risk of tracheal compression and airway compromise. We present a case of ventilatory compromise during insertion of the upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in 16-month-old child with tracheoesophageal fistula secondary to disk battery ingestion.

  8. Congenital high airway obstruction syndrome without tracheoesophageal fistula and with in utero decrease in relative lung size.

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    Furukawa, Rieko; Aihara, Toshinori; Tazuke, Yuko; Maeda, Kosaku; Kuwata, Tomoyuki

    2012-12-01

    Congenital high airway obstruction syndrome (CHAOS) is diagnosed by characteristic features on US and MRI including fetal upper airway occlusion, lung hyperinflation with an inverted diaphragm, and sometimes massive ascites and hydrops. We describe a case of CHAOS in which improvement in the fetal condition was observed on three sequential fetal MRIs. Such an improvement was thought to represent decrease in intrathoracic pressure caused by a spontaneous perforation such as a tracheoesophageal fistula. However, a fistula was not observed in the present case. Therefore, we suggest that imaging improvements in patients with CHAOS do not always correspond to the presence of a fistula and other factors might contribute to decreasing fetal intrathoracic pressure.

  9. [Klippel-Feil syndrome with tracheoesophageal fistula, bifid thumb and cerebral angiolipoma.

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    Urdaneta Carruyo, Eliéxer; Rojas Zerpa, Gustavo; Urdaneta Contreras, Adriana; Maldonado Alviarez, Malvy; Brito Rodríguez, Miguel

    2016-12-01

    The Klippel-Feil syndrome is a congenital malformation of the skull flap involving complex cervical vertebrae and organs, characterized by a classic triad: short neck, limitation of movement of the head due to cervical spine fusion and low hairline in occipital region. It results from an error in the axial skeleton segmentation of the embryo; its incidence is estimated at 1/40,000-42,000 births and predominates in females. The aim of this paper is to describe the clinical picture of a patient with Klippel-Feil syndrome and multiple malformations, including tracheoesophageal fistula, bifid thumb and intracranial lipomas/angiolipomas,that have not been previously described in the syndrome, so it is considered an exceptional finding. Sociedad Argentina de Pediatría.

  10. Absent upper blind Pouch in a case of tracheo-esophageal fistula

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    Harjai, Man Mohan; Badal, Sachendra; Khanna, Sangeeta; Singh, Ajit Kumar

    2015-01-01

    A common upper airway and digestive tract is a rare congenital anomaly that is usually fatal and its exact incidence is not known. It is a diagnostic challenge as it requires high index of suspicion. It should be considered in a neonate with respiratory distress in a non-vigorous baby requiring endotracheal intubation, which is difficult even in expert hand. We present a newborn with suspected tracheo-esophageal fistula that was diagnosed intraoperatively to have absent upper blind pouch of the esophagus and on autopsy found to have laryngeal atresia with absent vocal cords and a common aerodigestive tract continuing distally with trachea. The neonate was ventilated with endotracheal tube (ETT) placement which in retrospect we came to know that it was in the esophagus. The neonate also had associated multiple congenital anomalies of VACTERL association. The importance of teamwork between neonatologist, pediatric surgeon, anesthesiologist, and radiologist is highlighted for diagnosis and management of such rare cases. PMID:25552830

  11. Surgery and perioperative management for post-intubation tracheoesophageal fistula: case series analysis

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    Puma, Francesco; Santoprete, Stefano; Urbani, Moira; Cagini, Lucio; Andolfi, Marco; Potenza, Rossella; Daddi, Niccolò

    2017-01-01

    Background Post-intubation tracheoesophageal fistula (PITEF) is an often mistreated, severe condition. This case series reviewed for both the choice and timing of surgical technique and outcome PITEF patients. Methods This case series reviewed ten consecutive patients who had undergone esophageal defect repair and airway resection/reconstruction between 2000 and 2014. All cases were examined for patients: general condition, medical history, preparation to surgery, diagnostic work-up, timing of surgery and procedure, fistula size and site, ventilation type, nutrition, post-operative course and complications. Results All patients were treated according to Grillo’s technique. Overall, 6/10 patients had undergone a preliminary period of medical preparation. Additionally, 3 patients had already had a tracheostomy, one had had a gastrostomy and 4 had both. One patient had a Dumon stent with enlargement of the fistula. Concomitant tracheal stenosis had been found in 7 patients. The mean length of the fistulas was 20.5 mm (median 17.5 mm; range, 8–45 mm), at a median distance from the glottis of 43 mm (range, 20–68 mm). Tracheal resection was performed in all ten cases. The fistula was included in the resection in 6 patients, while it was excluded in the remaining 4 due to their distance. Post-repair tracheotomy was performed in 3 patients. The procedure was performed in 2 ventilated patients. Morbidity related to fistula and anastomosis was recorded in 3 patients (30%), with one postoperative death (10%); T-Tube placement was necessary in 3 patients, with 2/3 decannulations after long-stenting. Definitive PITEF closure was obtained for all patients. At 5-year follow-up, the 9 surviving patients had no fistula-related morbidity. Conclusions Primary esophageal closure with tracheal resection/reconstruction seemed to be effective treatment both short and long-term. Systemic conditions, mechanical ventilation, detailed preoperative assessment and appropriate preparation

  12. Unilateral pulmonary agenesis associated with oesophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula: A case report with prenatal diagnosis.

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    Miyano, Go; Morita, Keiichi; Kaneshiro, Masakatsu; Miyake, Hiromu; Koyama, Mariko; Nouso, Hiroshi; Yamoto, Masaya; Nakano, Reiji; Tanaka, Yasuhiko; Nishiguchi, Tomizo; Kawamura, Takakazu; Fukumoto, Koji; Urushihara, Naoto

    2015-01-01

    We describe herein a case of unilateral pulmonary agenesis (PA) with oesophageal atresia (EA)/tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) that was diagnosed prenatally and repaired by esophagoesophagostomy with stable postoperative course. The patient was born at 34 weeks gestation, after ultrasonography at 22 weeks gestation showed possible right-sided diaphragmatic eventration or PA and EA was subsequently suspected due to hydramnios. The initial X-ray showed mediastinal shift to the right, and coil up sign of the nasogastric tube, without intracardiac anomaly. Immediately after the diagnosis of EA/TEF and unilateral PA on day 0, the patient was intubated in the operating room, and a gastrostomy tube was placed. After pulmonary status stabilized, at 4 days old, EA/TEF was repaired through a thoracotomy in the right 4 th intercostal space. The right main bronchus was noted to continue into the distal oesophagus; this fistula was ligated and divided, and a single-layer esophagoesophagostomy was performed under mild tension with one vertebral gap. The neonate was maintained on mechanical ventilation and gradually weaned to extubation at 7 days old. The postoperative course was uneventful, with the exception of prolonged jaundice that emerged at 3 months old. Laparoscopic cholangiography at that time excluded biliary atresia, and jaundice resolved spontaneously. The patient has not shown any respiratory symptoms or feeding difficulties as of the 12-month follow-up.

  13. Long-Term Outcomes of Patients with Tracheoesophageal Fistula/Esophageal Atresia: Survey Results from Tracheoesophageal Fistula/Esophageal Atresia Online Communities.

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    Acher, Charles Wynn; Ostlie, Daniel J; Leys, Charles M; Struckmeyer, Shannon; Parker, Matthew; Nichol, Peter F

    2016-12-01

    Introduction Outcome studies of tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) and/or esophageal atresia (EA) are limited to retrospective chart reviews. This study surveyed TEF/EA patients/parents engaged in social media communities to determine long-term outcomes. Materials and Methods A 50-point survey was designed to study presentation, interventions, and ongoing symptoms after repair in patients with TEF/EA. It was validated using a test population and made available on TEF/EA online communities. Results In this study, 445 subjects completed the survey during a 2-month period. Mean age of patients when surveyed was 8.7 years (0-61 years) and 56% were male. Eighty-nine percent of surveys were completed by the parent of the patient. Sixty-two percent of patients underwent repair in the first 7 days of life. Standard open repair was most common (56%), followed by primary esophageal replacement (13%) and thoracoscopic repair (13%). Out of 405, 106 (26%) patients had postoperative leak. Postoperative leak was least likely in primary esophageal replacement (18%) and standard open repair (19%). Leak occurred in 32% of patients who had thoracoscopic repair; 31% (128/413) reported long-gap atresia, which was significantly associated with increased risk of postoperative leak (54/128, 42%) when compared with standard short-gap atresia (odds ratio, 3.5; p = 0.001). Out of 409, 221 (54%) patients reported dysphagia after repair, with only 77/221 (34.8%) reporting resolution by age 5. Out of 381, 290 (76%) patients reported symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). There was no difference in dysphagia rates or GERD symptoms based on type of initial repair. Antireflux surgery was required in 63/290, 22% of patients with GERD (15% of all patients) and 27% of these patients who had surgery required more than one procedure antireflux procedure. The most common was Nissen fundoplication (73%), followed by partial wrap (14%). Reflux recurred in 32% of patients after

  14. Thoracoscopic Esophageal Atresia with Tracheoesophageal Fistula Repair: The First Iranian Group Report, Passing the Learning Curve

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    Hiradfar, Mehran; Gharavifard, Mohammad; Shojaeian, Reza; Joodi, Marjan; Nazarzadeh, Reza; Sabzevari, Alireza; Yal, Nazila; Eslami, Reza; Mohammadipour, Ahmad; Azadmand, Ali

    2016-01-01

    Background: Thoracoscopic treatment of esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula (EA+TEF) is accepted as a superior technique at least in cosmetic point of view but it is considered as an advance endoscopic procedure that needs a learning curve to be performed perfectly. This is the first report of Iranian group pediatric surgeons in thoracoscopic approach to EA. Methods and Materials: Since 2010, twenty four cases with EA+TEF underwent thoracoscopic approach in Sarvar Children Hospital (Mashhad -Iran). During the first 6 months, thoracoscopic approach to 6 cases of EA+TEF was converted to open procedure because of technical and instrumental problems. The first case of successful thoracoscopic EA repair was accomplished in 2010 and since then, 10 cases of EA+ TEF among 18 patients were treated successfully with thoracoscopic approach Results: Overall conversion rate was 58.3% but conversion rate after the primary learning curve period, was 35.7%. The main conversion causes include difficulties in esophageal anastomosis, limited exposure and deteriorating the patient's condition. Anastomotic leak and stenosis were observed in 20% and 40% respectively. Overall mortality rate was 4.2%. Conclusion: Thoracoscopic repair of esophageal atresia seems feasible and safe with considerable superiorities to the conventional method although acceptable results needs a prolonged learning curve and advanced endoscopic surgical skill. Clear judgment about the best surgical intervention for EA according to all cosmetic and functional outcomes needs further studies. PMID:27471677

  15. [Nutrition in infants with esophagocolonoplasty for esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula].

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    Hagău, N; Cocu, S; Geczi-Toth, I; Studnicska, D; Ciuce, C

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this clinical prospective study was the follow up of a nutritional management protocol for children with esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula for whom the esophageal substitution was performed with left vascularized colon. In this study entered infants aged 3 months to 18 months old with a major nutritional deficit, due to respiratory infections complications, parastomal leaks and accelerated gastrointestinal transit. All infants were underweight, with a single exception, who had no preoperative complications. The patient was enterally fed postoperatively, all the other patients receiving combined enteral and parenteral nutrition for 5-6 days. The enteral nutrition was delivered early through a trans-anastomotic feeding tube. In the 5th-7th day, complete enteral nutrition was obtained. The parenteral nutrition followed our own recipe: a 10% amino-acid mixture, 50% glucose and Ringer plus electrolytes and vitamins. There was a critical transitional stage between the gastric tube feeding and the oral nutrition. These infants have the suction and the deglutition reflexes modified, followed by oral sensory and motor deficits. After the release from the hospital the patients have been surveyed, the oldest reaching now the age of 7. The earlier the reconstruction was performed, the less problems in oral nutrition were encountered.

  16. Long-term respiratory complications of congenital esophageal atresia with or without tracheoesophageal fistula: an update.

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    Kovesi, T

    2013-01-01

    Despite early surgical repair, congenital esophageal atresia with or without tracheoesophageal fistula (EA ± TEF) has long-term effects on respiratory and gastrointestinal function. This review updates summarizes research published since 2003 on long-term respiratory complications in patients with a history of EA ± TEF. Pulmonary hypoplasia appears to not be rare in patients with EA ± TEF. Tracheomalacia is common and is associated with respiratory symptoms in childhood. Aspiration, associated with esophageal dysmotility and/or gastroesophageal reflux, may lead to reduced pulmonary function and bronchiectasis. Pulmonary function is generally normal, although lower than in control patients, and restrictive defects tend to be commoner than obstructive defects. Abnormal airway reactivity is common and, along with respiratory symptoms, is associated with atopy. However, the inflammatory profile in EA ± TEF patients based on bronchial biopsies and exhaled nitric oxide differs from typical allergic asthma. Recent studies suggest that in older patients, respiratory symptoms tend to be associated with atopy, but abnormal lung function tends to be associated with gastroesophageal reflux and with chest wall abnormalities. Early detection and management of aspiration may be important to help prevent decrements in pulmonary function and serious long-term complications in EA ± TEF patients.

  17. [Tracheoesophageal prostheses].

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    Motta, G; Salerno, G

    1992-01-01

    The AA. report their own experience in the field of tracheoesophageal speech rehabilitation of laryngectomees. In order to get a high rate of successful results, (an accurate selection of patients is of fundamental importance) mainly to identify the physical requirements and the motivational aspects potentially favouring vocal, rehabilitation. The personal technique of tracheoesophageal fistula creation under local anesthesia is illustrated, the procedure generally last 5-10 minutes with minimal tissue trauma and blood loss and is also suitable for outpatients. For the above-mentioned reasons, the AA. prefer to perform the tracheoesophageal puncture as a secondary procedure, i.e., after total laryngectomy, taking into account the many inconveniences related to primary rehabilitation, as reported in literature. Finally, advantages and inconveniences of the various types of prosthetic devices employed are illustrated and the causes of failure are discusses.

  18. [The role of genetic and environmental factors in the etiology of esophageal atresia and tracheo-esophageal fistula].

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    Bednarczyk, Damian; Śmigiel, Robert; Sąsiadek, Maria Małgorzata

    2014-03-07

    Esophageal atresia and tracheo-esophageal fistula are severe congenital malformations, whose etiology is still poorly understood. So far, numerous genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to the occurrence of these defects have been described and the literature is dominated by the view of their common involvement in the etiology and pathogenesis of congenital esophageal atresia. In this review the authors present current knowledge on the embryogenesis of the esophagus and trachea, discuss environmental risk factors, and also list and describe genetic alterations identified so far in patients with congenital esophageal atresia.

  19. Airway and ventilation management during repair of a large acquired tracheoesophageal fistula: the novel use of a readily available tool.

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    Malik, Asif M; Ahmed, Zulfiqar; Durgham, Nasser; Stockmann, Paul T; Belenky, Walter M; Zestos, Maria

    2012-03-01

    Acquired tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is a life-threatening disorder of the airway that requires early diagnosis and treatment. The case of an infant who had delayed development of a TEF following endoscopic removal of a disc battery lodged in the midesophagus is reported. A repeat bronchoscopy, performed for respiratory distress 4 days later, showed a large defect in the posterior wall of the distal trachea, including the carina. A Foley catheter was used for airway management in the repair of the acquired TEF.

  20. The association between laryngeal cleft and tracheoesophageal fistula: myth or reality?

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    Fraga, Jose C; Adil, Eelam A; Kacprowicz, Amy; Skinner, Margaret L; Jennings, Russell; Lillehei, Craig; Rahbar, Reza

    2015-02-01

    Laryngeal cleft (LC) associated with tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) with or without esophageal atresia (EA) has rarely been described. The purpose of this study is to review our experience, clinical features, management, delay in diagnosis, and complications in children with these anomalies. Retrospective chart review at pediatric tertiary referral center. Patients diagnosed with LC alone or LC and TEF over a 10-year period were included. Data including demographics, type of TEF and LC, comorbidities, symptoms, management, complications and swallowing outcomes were analyzed. There were 161 pediatric patients diagnosed with LC alone and 22 with LC and TEF. In patients with LC and TEF, aspiration was the most common presenting symptom (n = 11, 50%). Seventeen patients (77%, mean age 4 years 7 months) underwent endoscopic repair and five patients (23%) with type I clefts did not require surgery. Two patients required revision surgery. For patients with LC alone, the mean age at repair was 3.70 years (4 months-19.9 years) compared to 4.69 years (8 months-17.83 years) for patients with LC and TEF (P = 0.0187). The postoperative swallowing studies from 15 patients showed no aspiration. Mean follow-up was 4 years and 6 months. The diagnosis and management of LC in patients with TEF is often delayed. If a child presents with persistent aspiration after TEF repair, a complete airway endoscopy should be performed to evaluate for vocal fold mobility and cleft. Endoscopic repair is the recommended approach for those patients requiring surgical intervention. 4. © 2014 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  1. Efficacy of LIFT for recurrent anal fistula.

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    Lehmann, J-P; Graf, W

    2013-05-01

    Ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) is a novel sphincter-preserving technique for anal fistula. This pilot study was designed to evaluate the results in patients with a recurrent fistula. Seventeen patients [nine men; median age 49 (range, 30-76) years] with a recurrent trans-sphincteric fistula were treated with a LIFT procedure between June 2008 and February 2011. All were followed prospectively for a median of 16 (range, 5-27) weeks with clinical examination. Fifteen followed for 13.5 (range, 8-26) months by clinical examination also had three-dimensional (3D) anal ultrasound. The duration of the procedure was 35 (range, 18-70) min. One patient developed a small local haematoma and one had a subcutaneous infection, but otherwise there was no morbidity. At follow up, 11 (65%) patients had a successful closure, two (12%) had a remaining sinus and four (23%) had a persistent fistula. The incidence of persistent or recurrent fistulae at 13.5 months was six (40%) of 15 patients. No de novo faecal incontinence was reported. LIFT is a safe procedure for patients with recurrent anal fistula, with healing at short-term and medium-term follow-up comparable with or superior to that of other sphincter-preserving techniques. Larger studies with a longer follow up are needed to define the ultimate role of LIFT in patients with recurrence. © 2013 The Authors. Colorectal Disease © 2013 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  2. Left thoracoscopic two-stage repair of tracheoesophageal fistula with a right aortic arch and a vascular ring

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    Oshima, Kazuo; Uchida, Hiroo; Tainaka, Takahisa; Tanano, Akihide; Shirota, Chiyoe; Yokota, Kazuki; Murase, Naruhiko; Shirotsuki, Ryo; Chiba, Kosuke; Hinoki, Akinari

    2017-01-01

    A right aortic arch (RAA) is found in 5% of neonates with tracheoesophageal fistulae (TEF) and may be associated with vascular rings. Oesophageal repairs for TEF with an RAA via the right chest often pose surgical difficulties. We report for the first time in the world a successful two-stage repair by left-sided thoracoscope for TEF with an RAA and a vascular ring. We switched from right to left thoracoscopy after finding an RAA. A proximal oesophageal pouch was hemmed into the vascular ring; therefore, we selected a two-stage repair. The TEF was resected and simple internal traction was placed into the oesophagus at the first stage. Detailed examination showed the patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) completing a vascular ring. The subsequent primary oesophago-oesophagostomy and dissection of PDA was performed by left-sided thoracoscope. Therefore, left thoracoscopic repair is safe and feasible for treating TEF with an RAA and a vascular ring. PMID:27143697

  3. [Recurrent hemoptysis secondary to an aortobronchial fistula].

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    Algaba Calderón, A; Jara Chinarro, B; Abad Fernández, A; Isidoro Navarrete, O; Ramos Martos, A; Juretschke Moragues, M A

    2005-06-01

    Aortobronchial fistula is a rare but serious cause of hemoptysis. It can develop from an aneurysm of the descending thoracic aorta in the context of infections or it may appear as a sequel of surgical repair of congenital heart defects. Presenting symptoms include mild bronchial hemorrhages and recurrent chest pain, culminating in a normally fatal massive hemorrhage. Diagnosis by imaging is not always conclusive and clinical suspicion based on medical history is essential. Surgical placement of an endovascular stent graft is the treatment of choice. Post-surgical prognosis is good although there is a risk of recurrence in the case of superinfection.

  4. Esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula in very low-birth-weight neonates: improved outcomes with staged repair.

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    Petrosyan, Mikael; Estrada, Joaquin; Hunter, Catherine; Woo, Russell; Stein, James; Ford, Henri R; Anselmo, Dean M

    2009-12-01

    The surgical management of esophageal atresia with distal tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF) involves early division of the TEF and primary esophageal anastomosis. However, in premature infants, the morbidity associated with primary repair remains high, and the optimal surgical approach has not been well defined. Medical records of very low-birth-weight infants (<1500 g) with EA/TEF from June 1987 to 2008 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were separated into 2 groups: (1) primary repair and (2) ligation and division of TEF followed by delayed repair of EA. Demographics, anastomotic, and postoperative complications were compared. Twenty-five premature infants with EA/TEF were identified. Sixteen patients (64%) underwent primary repair, and 9 (36%) were repaired in a staged manner. The leak rate confirmed by esophagram was significantly higher after primary repair (50%) compared to staged repair (0%) (P = .034). Strictures occurred significantly more often in the primary repair (81%) vs the staged repair (33%) group (P = .036). Postoperative pneumonia and sepsis were significantly higher in patients treated with primary repair (P = .028). Staged repair of EA/TEF in very low-birth-weight premature infants results in a significantly lower rate of anastomotic complications and overall morbidity and should be considered the preferred surgical approach in this group of patients.

  5. Review of oesophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula in hospital sultanah bahiyah, alor star. Malaysia from january 2000 to december 2009.

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    Narasimman, S; Nallusamy, M; Hassan, S

    2013-01-01

    Oesophageal atresia (EA) and tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is one of the congenital anomaly occurring in the newborns with the incidence of 1 in 2500 births seen worldwide. A retrospective review of newborns admitted to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah (HSB) from 1st January 2000 to 31st December 2009 was done. The objective was to look at the influence of birth weight, time of surgical intervention, presence of other congenital anomaly and presence of preoperative pneumonia to the immediate outcome (mortality) of the surgery. There were 47 patients with oesophageal atresia, out of which 26 (55%) were males and 21 (45%) females. The distribution of patients by race were 34 Malays (72%), 9 Chinese (19%) and 4 Indians (9%). The birth weight of the babies range from 0.8 kg to 4.0 kg and there was a significant association with the outcome of the surgery (p< 0.05). Most of the babies (20) were operated within 24 hours of presentation but there was no significant association to the outcome. 23 (49%) of them were born with congenital malformation and there was a significant association with the outcome of the surgery (p<0.05). Based on the chest roentgenogram, 20 (43%) of them had pneumonia with significant association with the outcome (p<0.05). The mortality rate is 23% and the causes of death were pneumonia (36%), renal failure (18%), cardiac malformation (18%) and multiple congenital malformations (28%). The outcome of EA and TEF is determined mainly by birth weight, congenital malformations and presence of preoperative pneumonia in HSB.

  6. Simple Technique of Bridging Wide Gap in Esophageal Atresia with Tracheoesophageal Fistula - "Surgical Innovation".

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    Sharma, A K; Mangal, D

    2017-01-01

    The survival of the patients with esophageal atresia an tracheo esophageal fistula is believed to be an epitome of the success of the neonatal surgery. Restoring the continuty of the food pipe by esophagus to esophagus anastomosis is the best option. Preservation of natural esophagus by delayed repair in a wide gap esophageal atresia is a preferred technique worldwide, however such a management required prolonged hospitalization and dedicated nursing care, which is often not available in most of the centres in India. Esophageal substitutes in wide gap requires multiple operations and have long term problems, so remains the last option. I use the technique of oblique anastomosis which had distrinct advantage over circular anastomosis in the management of esophageal atresia1. This techniqe helps in bridging wide gap to some extent & minimal stricture formation.

  7. Evaluation of Three Sources of Validity Evidence for a Synthetic Thoracoscopic Esophageal Atresia/Tracheoesophageal Fistula Repair Simulator.

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    Barsness, Katherine A; Rooney, Deborah M; Davis, Lauren M; O'Brien, Ellie

    2015-07-01

    Thoracoscopic esophageal atresia (EA)/tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) repair is technically challenging. We have previously reported our experiences with a high-fidelity hybrid model for simulation-based educational instruction in thoracoscopic EA/TEF, including the high cost of the tissue for these models. The purposes of this study were (1) to create a low-cost synthetic tissue EA/TEF repair simulation model and (2) to evaluate the content validity of the synthetic tissue simulator. Review of the literature and computed tomography images were used to create computer-aided drawings (CAD) for a synthetic, size-appropriate EA/TEF tissue insert. The inverse of the CAD image was then printed in six different sections to create a mold that could be filled with platinum-cured silicone. The silicone EA/TEF insert was then placed in a previously described neonatal thorax and covered with synthetic skin. Following institutional review board-exempt determination, 47 participants performed some or all of a simulated thoracoscopic EA/TEF during two separate international meetings (International Pediatric Endosurgery Group [IPEG] and World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons [WOFAPS]). Participants were identified as "experts," having 6-50 self-reported thoracoscopic EA/TEF repairs, and "novice," having 0-5 self-reported thoracoscopic EA/TEF repairs. Participants completed a self-report, six-domain, 24-item instrument consisting of 23 5-point rating scales and one 4-point Global Rating Scale. Validity evidence relevant to test content and response processes was evaluated using the many-facet Rasch model, and evidence of internal structure (interitem consistency) was estimated using Cronbach's alpha. A review of the participants' ratings indicates there were no overall differences across sites (IPEG versus WOFAPS, P=.84) or experience (expert versus novice, P=.17). The highest observed averages were 4.4 (Value of Simulator as a Training Tool), 4.3 (Physical

  8. Recurrent anal fistulae: limited surgery supported by stem cells.

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    Garcia-Olmo, Damian; Guadalajara, Hector; Rubio-Perez, Ines; Herreros, Maria Dolores; de-la-Quintana, Paloma; Garcia-Arranz, Mariano

    2015-03-21

    To study the results of stem-cell therapy under a Compassionate-use Program for patients with recurrent anal fistulae. Under controlled circumstances, and approved by European and Spanish laws, a Compassionate-use Program allows the use of stem-cell therapy for patients with very complex anal fistulae. Candidates had previously undergone multiple surgical interventions that had failed to resolve the fistulae, and presented symptomatic recurrence. The intervention consisted of limited surgery (with closure of the internal opening), followed by local implant of stem cells in the fistula-tract wall. Autologous expanded adipose-derived stem cells were the main cell type selected for implant. The first evaluation was performed on the 8(th) postoperative week; outcome was classified as response or partial response. Evaluation one year after the intervention confirmed if complete healing of the fistula was achieved. Ten patients (8 male) with highly recurrent and complex fistulae were treated (mean age: 49 years, range: 28-76 years). Seven cases were non-Crohn's fistulae, and three were Crohn's-associated fistulae. Previous surgical attempts ranged from 3 to 12. Two patients presented with preoperative incontinence (Wexner scores of 12 and 13 points). After the intervention, six patients showed clinical response on the 8(th) postoperative week, with a complete cessation of suppuration from the fistula. Three patients presented a partial response, with an evident decrease in suppuration. A year later, six patients (60%) remained healed, with complete reepithelization of the external opening. Postoperative Wexner Scores were 0 in six cases. The two patients with previous incontinence improved their scores from 12 to 8 points and from 13 to 5 points. No adverse reactions or complications related to stem-cell therapy were reported during the study period. Stem cells are safe and useful for treating anal fistulae. Healing can be achieved in severe cases, sparing fecal

  9. Recurrent anal fistulae: Limited surgery supported by stem cells

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    Garcia-Olmo, Damian; Guadalajara, Hector; Rubio-Perez, Ines; Herreros, Maria Dolores; de-la-Quintana, Paloma; Garcia-Arranz, Mariano

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To study the results of stem-cell therapy under a Compassionate-use Program for patients with recurrent anal fistulae. METHODS: Under controlled circumstances, and approved by European and Spanish laws, a Compassionate-use Program allows the use of stem-cell therapy for patients with very complex anal fistulae. Candidates had previously undergone multiple surgical interventions that had failed to resolve the fistulae, and presented symptomatic recurrence. The intervention consisted of limited surgery (with closure of the internal opening), followed by local implant of stem cells in the fistula-tract wall. Autologous expanded adipose-derived stem cells were the main cell type selected for implant. The first evaluation was performed on the 8th postoperative week; outcome was classified as response or partial response. Evaluation one year after the intervention confirmed if complete healing of the fistula was achieved. RESULTS: Ten patients (8 male) with highly recurrent and complex fistulae were treated (mean age: 49 years, range: 28-76 years). Seven cases were non-Crohn’s fistulae, and three were Crohn’s-associated fistulae. Previous surgical attempts ranged from 3 to 12. Two patients presented with preoperative incontinence (Wexner scores of 12 and 13 points). After the intervention, six patients showed clinical response on the 8th postoperative week, with a complete cessation of suppuration from the fistula. Three patients presented a partial response, with an evident decrease in suppuration. A year later, six patients (60%) remained healed, with complete reepithelization of the external opening. Postoperative Wexner Scores were 0 in six cases. The two patients with previous incontinence improved their scores from 12 to 8 points and from 13 to 5 points. No adverse reactions or complications related to stem-cell therapy were reported during the study period. CONCLUSION: Stem cells are safe and useful for treating anal fistulae. Healing can be achieved in

  10. Vertebral defect, anal atresia, cardiac defect, tracheoesophageal fistula/esophageal atresia, renal defect, and limb defect association with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome in co-occurrence: two case reports and a review of the literature.

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    Bjørsum-Meyer, Thomas; Herlin, Morten; Qvist, Niels; Petersen, Michael B

    2016-12-21

    The vertebral defect, anal atresia, cardiac defect, tracheoesophageal fistula/esophageal atresia, renal defect, and limb defect association and Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome are rare conditions. We aimed to present two cases with the vertebral defect, anal atresia, cardiac defect, tracheoesophageal fistula/esophageal atresia, renal defect, and limb defect association and Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser co-occurrence from our local surgical center and through a systematic literature search detect published cases. Furthermore, we aimed to collect existing knowledge in the embryopathogenesis and genetics in order to discuss a possible link between the vertebral defect, anal atresia, cardiac defect, tracheoesophageal fistula/esophageal atresia, renal defect, and limb defect association and Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome. Our first case was a white girl delivered by caesarean section at 37 weeks of gestation; our second case was a white girl born at a gestational age of 40 weeks. A co-occurrence of vertebral defect, anal atresia, cardiac defect, tracheoesophageal fistula/esophageal atresia, renal defect, and limb defect association and Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome was diagnosed in both cases. We performed a systematic literature search in PubMed ((VACTERL) OR (VATER)) AND ((MRKH) OR (Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser) OR (mullerian agenesis) OR (mullerian aplasia) OR (MURCS)) without limitations. A similar search was performed in Embase and the Cochrane library. We added two cases from our local center. All cases (n = 9) presented with anal atresia and renal defect. Vertebral defects were present in eight patients. Rectovestibular fistula was confirmed in seven patients. Along with the uterovaginal agenesis, fallopian tube aplasia appeared in five of nine cases and in two cases ovarian involvement also existed. The co-occurrence of the vertebral defect, anal atresia, cardiac defect, tracheoesophageal fistula/esophageal atresia, renal

  11. Recurrent posttraumatic urethrovaginal fistula: a new application for ASTRA.

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    Dòmini, M; Aquino, A; Rossi, F; Lima, M; Ruggeri, G; Dòmini, R

    2000-03-01

    The authors describe the results of an application of the surgical technique called ASTRA (anterior sagittal transrectal approach) in the case of a 16-year-old girl with a posttraumatic urethrovaginal fistula. The young girl with a posttraumatic urethrovaginal fistula had recurrence after 4 surgical attempts at closure performed by the vaginal approach before it was definitively corrected with the ASTRA. Two years after the ASTRA operation the patient is well with a complete restitution of function confirmed by a voiding cystourethrogram and urodynamic and rectal manometric tests. The successful recovery confirmed that ASTRA may be an excellent method of treating the developmental or acquired anomalies of the perineal region.

  12. VACTERL (vertebral anomalies, anal atresia or imperforate anus, cardiac anomalies, tracheoesophageal fistula, renal and limb defect) spectrum presenting with portal hypertension: a case report

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    2010-01-01

    Introduction We report for the first time a unique case of VACTERL (vertebral anomalies, anal atresia or imperforate anus, cardiac anomalies, tracheoesophageal fistula, renal and limb defect) spectrum associated with portal hypertension. The occurrence of both VACTERL spectrum and extrahepatic portal hypertension in a patient has not been reported in the literature. We examined whether or not there was any association between extrahepatic portal hypertension and VACTERL spectrum. Case Presentation A two-and-half-year-old Caucasian girl with VACTERL spectrum presented with hematemesis and abdominal distension. She had caput medusae, ascites, splenomegaly, gastric and esophageal varices. Her liver function tests were within normal limits. Magnetic resonance imaging of the liver with contrast showed a thready portal vein with collateral vessels involving both right and left portal veins without intrahepatic duct dilation. Conclusion A thready portal vein, with features of extrahepatic portal hypertension, is a rare non- VACTERL-type defect in patients with VACTERL spectrum. Understandably, clinicians should give low priority to looking for portal hypertension in VACTERL spectrum patients presenting with gastrointestinal bleeding. However before routinely looking for a thready portal vein and/or extrahepatic portal hypertension in asymptomatic VACTERL spectrum patients, we need further evidence to support this rare association. PMID:20444267

  13. VACTERL (vertebral anomalies, anal atresia or imperforate anus, cardiac anomalies, tracheoesophageal fistula, renal and limb defect) spectrum presenting with portal hypertension: a case report.

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    Bhurtel, Dilli Raj; Losa, Ignatius

    2010-05-05

    We report for the first time a unique case of VACTERL (vertebral anomalies, anal atresia or imperforate anus, cardiac anomalies, tracheoesophageal fistula, renal and limb defect) spectrum associated with portal hypertension. The occurrence of both VACTERL spectrum and extrahepatic portal hypertension in a patient has not been reported in the literature. We examined whether or not there was any association between extrahepatic portal hypertension and VACTERL spectrum. A two-and-half-year-old Caucasian girl with VACTERL spectrum presented with hematemesis and abdominal distension. She had caput medusae, ascites, splenomegaly, gastric and esophageal varices. Her liver function tests were within normal limits. Magnetic resonance imaging of the liver with contrast showed a thready portal vein with collateral vessels involving both right and left portal veins without intrahepatic duct dilation. A thready portal vein, with features of extrahepatic portal hypertension, is a rare non- VACTERL-type defect in patients with VACTERL spectrum. Understandably, clinicians should give low priority to looking for portal hypertension in VACTERL spectrum patients presenting with gastrointestinal bleeding. However before routinely looking for a thready portal vein and/or extrahepatic portal hypertension in asymptomatic VACTERL spectrum patients, we need further evidence to support this rare association.

  14. Occult otologic fistulas as a cause of recurrent meningitis.

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    Mostafa, B E; El Fiky, L; Khafagy, A

    2005-01-01

    Occult perilymph fistulas may be the cause of unexplained non-epidemic meningitis. To review the case reports of 5 patients (3 females and 2 males aged 4-56) presenting with unexplained meningitis. All had sensorineural hearing loss of variable duration. All patients were submitted to CT, MRI and MRI cisternography. All underwent exploratory tympanotomy to seal the fistula. In all patients the fistula could be located and sealed. All had no further attacks of meningitis and those who had serviceable hearing did not show any further deterioration. In any case of recurrent meningitis an occult perilymph leak should be sought. A high degree of suspicion should exist if there are auditory or vestibular symptoms. Detecting and sealing of the defect will protect the patient against further attacks and deterioration of hearing.

  15. [Retrospective analysis of the treatment of recurrent congenital fistula or cyst in lateral cervical part].

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    Yuan, Yongyi; Zhang, Guozheng; Wang, Guojian; Huang, Deliang; Liu, Liangfa; Wu, Wenming; Wang, Jialing

    2011-12-01

    To analysis the therapeutic procedure on the recurrent congenital fistula or cyst in lateral cervical part. Thirty-nine cases with recurrent congenital fistula or cyst in lateral cervical part were enrolled in this study including 12 cases from the first branchial cleft, 6 from the second branchial cleft and 21 from the third branchial cleft. All the cases underwent fistula or cyst excision for 2 to 5 times in their whole therapeutic process, not counting the incision and drainage. During 9 months to 17 years follow-up, fistula or cyst in 6 cases relapsed,including 1 fistula from the first branchial cleft,3 fistulae from the second branchial cleft, 1 fistula and 1 cyst from the third branchial cleft, respectively. One case with recurrent fistula from the first branchial cleft was diagnosed temporal verrucous carcinoma six months after the third fistula excision operation and died one year after the forth operation probably due to the intracranial metastasis of temporal bone verrucous carcinoma. In two cases, the fistulae went through the thyroid gland to the piriform fossa and both the fistulae and part of the thyroid glands were resected. In the patients whose inner orificium fistulae were found and ligated effectively,no recurrence occurred during the followed-up period. The key point to cure the recurrent congenital fistula or cyst in lateral cervical part lies in proper occasion of operation, stain tracing in operation and reasonable program of operation.

  16. Choledochoduodenal fistula: An unusual cause of recurrent cholangitis in children

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    Duman, Levent; Savas, Cagri; Aktas, Aykut Recep; Akcam, Mustafa

    2014-01-01

    Choledochoduodenal fistula (CDF) is an unusual clinical entity and a diagnostic challenge in children. We herein present CDF as an unusual cause of recurrent cholangitis in a 6-year-old child. To the best of our knowledge, this is the youngest patient reported until date. In this paper, we also highlight possible etiologic factors, presenting symptoms, diagnostic methods, and treatment modalities of CDF. PMID:25197198

  17. Ligation of Intersphincteric Fistula Tract Is Suitable for Recurrent Anal Fistulas from Follow-Up of 16 Months.

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    Xu, Yansong; Tang, Weizhong

    2017-01-01

    Since 2007, ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) for the management of anal fistula was all introduced with initial success and excitement. It remains controversial which surgical procedure is suitable for transsphincteric fistula, especially to complex anal fistula. This retrospective study was designed to evaluate the results in patients with recurrent anal fistula by LIFT. A retrospective study of 55 complex fistula patients who underwent LIFT procedure in a single medical center was analyzed. Patients and fistula characteristics, complications, and recurrences were reviewed. All 55 patients underwent the procedure with a median follow-up of 16 months. Median operative time was 44 (range 23-88) minutes. Of the 55 patients, 33 (60%) healed completely and did not require any further surgical treatment at end of follow-up. Twenty-two (40%) recurrences and six complications were observed. Compared with patients who had undergone more than two surgical procedures, LIFT was more suitable for patients who had undergone one to two surgical procedures, and significant difference was observed in number of operations before LIFT (p = 0.002). Clinicians can consider the use of LIFT for the treatment of recurrent anal fistulas. A larger number of patients and prospective study are needed to be performed.

  18. Ligation of Intersphincteric Fistula Tract Is Suitable for Recurrent Anal Fistulas from Follow-Up of 16 Months

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    2017-01-01

    Since 2007, ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) for the management of anal fistula was all introduced with initial success and excitement. It remains controversial which surgical procedure is suitable for transsphincteric fistula, especially to complex anal fistula. This retrospective study was designed to evaluate the results in patients with recurrent anal fistula by LIFT. A retrospective study of 55 complex fistula patients who underwent LIFT procedure in a single medical center was analyzed. Patients and fistula characteristics, complications, and recurrences were reviewed. All 55 patients underwent the procedure with a median follow-up of 16 months. Median operative time was 44 (range 23–88) minutes. Of the 55 patients, 33 (60%) healed completely and did not require any further surgical treatment at end of follow-up. Twenty-two (40%) recurrences and six complications were observed. Compared with patients who had undergone more than two surgical procedures, LIFT was more suitable for patients who had undergone one to two surgical procedures, and significant difference was observed in number of operations before LIFT (p = 0.002). Clinicians can consider the use of LIFT for the treatment of recurrent anal fistulas. A larger number of patients and prospective study are needed to be performed. PMID:28271064

  19. Sharp recanalization of an esophageal occlusion after repair of esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal stricture.

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    Vo, Nghia-Jack; Racadio, John M; Inge, Thomas H

    2005-10-01

    Esophageal atresia with an associated tracheoesophageal fistula is a congenital anomaly requiring surgical correction. Recurrent stricture is the most common complication of surgical repair and is usually treated with mechanical dilation. Rarely, a recurrent completely obstructive stricture can cause obliteration of the anastomosis, preventing passage of a wire for dilation. This condition requires operative correction. In the case presented herein, the obliterated esophageal lumen from an obstructing stricture was operatively corrected with use of a novel transluminal technique. The obstruction was successfully crossed with a modified Chiba biopsy needle covered in a dilator through a gastrostomy. After subsequent balloon dilation, the lumen has remained patent for more than 3 years without significant complication.

  20. [Closure of recurrent cleft palate fistulas with plasma rich in growth factors].

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    González-Sánchez, Jorge Glicerio; Jiménez-Barragán, Karina

    2011-01-01

    Fistulas represent a significant challenge in the treatment of cleft palate. The best outcome of a palatoplasty is obtained with a competent velopharyngeal sphincter and a palate without fistulas. The recurrence of primary cleft palate fistula is reported as high as up to 76%, and to nearly 100% in recurrent fistulas. Plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF) is an autologous blood product with biologically active substances that enhance tissue repair mechanisms such as chemotaxis, cell proliferation, angiogenesis, osteogenesis and remodeling. Its use in cleft palate fistulas has not been reported. Our objective was to evaluate closure of recurrent cleft palate fistulas using PRGF mixed with autologous bone graft. An experimental, prospective, longitudinal study was carried out from April 2008 to July 2010 on 11 recurrent cleft palate fistulas that were closed with local mucoperiosteal flaps and placement of autologous bone graft mixed with PRGF. Complete closure of palate fistulas was achieved in 90.9% (follow-up of 6-24 months), decreasing the reported incidence for the recurrence by other authors with other techniques. The use of PRGF mixed with autologous bone graft seems to be an effective, safe and low-cost technique for the closure of recurrent cleft palate fistulas. However, we consider its study must be extended. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  1. Fistula recurrence, pregnancy, and childbirth following successful closure of female genital fistula in Guinea: a longitudinal study.

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    Delamou, Alexandre; Delvaux, Therese; El Ayadi, Alison M; Tripathi, Vandana; Camara, Bienvenu S; Beavogui, Abdoul H; Romanzi, Lauri; Cole, Bethany; Bouedouno, Patrice; Diallo, Moustapha; Barry, Thierno H; Camara, Mandian; Diallo, Kindy; Leveque, Alain; Zhang, Wei-Hong; De Brouwere, Vincent

    2017-09-20

    Female genital fistula is a devastating maternal complication of delivery in developing countries. We sought to analyse the incidence and proportion of fistula recurrence, residual urinary incontinence, and pregnancy after successful fistula closure in Guinea, and describe the delivery-associated maternal and child health outcomes. We did a longitudinal study in women discharged with a closed fistula from three repair hospitals supported by EngenderHealth in Guinea. We recruited women retrospectively (via medical record review) and prospectively at hospital discharge. We used Kaplan-Meier methods to analyse the cumulative incidence, incidence proportion, and incidence ratio of fistula recurrence, associated outcomes, and pregnancy after successful fistula closure. The primary outcome was recurrence of fistula following discharge from repair hospital in all eligible women who consented to inclusion and could provide follow-up data. 481 women eligible for analysis were identified retrospectively (from Jan 1, 2012, to Dec 31, 2014; 348 women) or prospectively (Jan 1 to June 20, 2015; 133 women), and followed up until June 30, 2016. Median follow-up was 28·0 months (IQR 14·6-36·6). 73 recurrent fistulas occurred, corresponding to a cumulative incidence of 71 per 1000 person-years (95% CI 56·5-89·3) and an incidence proportion of 18·4% (14·8-22·8). In 447 women who were continent at hospital discharge, we recorded 24 cases of post-repair residual urinary incontinence, equivalent to a cumulative incidence of 23·1 per 1000 person-years (14·0-36·2), and corresponding to 10·3% (5·2-19·6). In 305 women at risk of pregnancy, the cumulative incidence of pregnancy was 106·0 per 1000 person-years, corresponding to 28·4% (22·8-35·0) of these women. Of 50 women who had delivered by the time of follow-up, only nine delivered by elective caesarean section. There were 12 stillbirths, seven delivery-related fistula recurrences, and one maternal death. Recurrence of

  2. Rectovaginal fistulography: a technique for the identification of recurrent elusive fistulas.

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    Shobeiri, S Abbas; Quiroz, Lieschen; Nihira, Mikio

    2009-05-01

    The purpose of this study is to review our experience with a technique for diagnosing small rectovaginal fistulas that occasionally permit passage of air or mucus. During an in-office visit suspicious areas of the vagina were probed with a cone-tip catheter and injected with a contrast dye to visualize the suspected fistula tract communicating to the rectum under fluoroscopic guidance. The fistulous tracts were further isolated using a flexi-tip glide wire. Five out of nine patients were found to have fistulas not diagnosed by other means. Three patients had recurrent rectovaginal fistula after a vaginal delivery, one patient was identified with a high rectovaginal fistula due to diverticular disease, and one patient had a rectovaginal fistula due to prior hemorrhoidectomy. One patient had a negative test, and the fistula that was diagnosed intraoperatively was due to underlying Crohn's disease. Direct fistulography is a useful technique to visualize otherwise elusive symptomatic rectovaginal fistula tracts.

  3. [Clinical characteristics and risk factors for recurrence of anal fistula patients].

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    Li, Jiaqin; Yang, Wei; Huang, Zhijian; Mei, Zubing; Yang, Dacheng; Wu, Haiyan; Wang, Qingming

    2016-12-25

    To investigate the epidemiology, internal opening location, and risk factors associated with recurrence of anal fistula. Clinical data of 1783 hospitalized patients admitted for anal fistula treatment to Shanghai Shuguang Hospital from January 2013 to September 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. Fistula passing through anorectal ring or locating above was defined as high anal fistula (n=125). Internal opening location was defined as follows: posterior (5 to 7 o'clock), front(11 to 1 o'clock), left (2 to 4 o'clock) and right (8 to 10 o'clock). Among 1783 cases, 1526 were male with a median age of 36 years, 257 were female with a median age of 35 years, and the ratio of male to female was 5.9 vs 1.0. In high anal fistula cases, this ratio of male to female was 7.3 vs 1.0. Posterior internal opening accounted for 51.4%(884/1720), while this percentage was 66.4%(83/125) in high anal fistula cases, which was significantly higher than 50.2%(801/1595) in low anal fistula cases(P=0.002). Postoperative recurrence rate was 2.6%(45/1720) and the rates in high anal fistula and low anal fistula were 13.6%(17/125) and 1.8%(28/1595) respectively, with significant difference(P=0.000). Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that fistula height(OR=5.475, 95%CI:2.230 to 13.445, P=0.000), treatment history(OR=2.671, 95% CI:1.315 to 5.424, P=0.007), seton placement history (OR=4.707, 95%CI:1.675 to 13.232, P=0.003) and concomitant colitis(OR=10.300, 95%CI:1.187 to 89.412, P=0.034) were independent risk factors for anal fistula recurrence. Seton placement history was an independent risk factor for high anal fistula recurrence (OR=6.476, 95%CI:1.116 to 37.589, P=0.037). Anal fistula occurs in young and middle-aged male patient. Internal opening locates in posterior more commonly, especially in high anal fistula patients. Postoperative recurrence rate of high anal fistula is quite high. Patient with both high anal fistula and seton placement history has significantly high rate

  4. Predictive factors for recurrence of cryptoglandular fistulae characterized by preoperative three-dimensional endoanal ultrasound.

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    Visscher, A P; Schuur, D; Slooff, R A E; Meijerink, W J H J; Deen-Molenaar, C B H; Felt-Bersma, R J F

    2016-05-01

    Precise information regarding the location of an anal fistula and its relationship to adjacent structures is necessary for selecting the best surgical strategy. Retrospective and cross-sectional studies were performed to determine predictive factors for recurrence of anal fistula from preoperative examination by three-dimensional endoanal ultrasound (3D-EAUS). Patients in our tertiary centre and in a private centre specialized in proctology undergoing preoperative 3D-EAUS for cryptoglandular anal fistulae between 2002 and 2012 were included. A questionnaire was sent in September 2013 to assess the patient's condition with regard to recurrence. Variables checked for association with recurrence were gender, type of centre, previous fistula surgery, secondary track formation and classification of the fistula. There were 143 patients of whom 96 had a low fistula treated by fistulotomy, 28 a high fistula treated by fistulectomy and 19 a high fistula treated by fistulectomy combined with a mucosal advancement flap. The median duration of follow-up was 26 (2-118) months. The fistula recurred in 40 (27%) patients. Independent risk factors included the presence of secondary track formation [hazard ratio 2.4 (95% CI 1.2-51), P = 0.016] and previous fistula surgery [hazard ratio 1.2 (95% CI 1.0-4.6), P = 0.041]. Agreement between the 3D-EAUS examination and the evaluation under anaesthesia regarding the site of the internal opening, classification of the fistula and the presence of secondary tracks was 97%, 98% and 78%. The identification of secondary tracks by preoperative 3D-EAUS examination was the strongest independent risk factor for recurrence. This stresses the importance of preoperative 3D-EAUS in mapping the pathological anatomy of the fistula and a thorough search for secondary track formation during surgery. Colorectal Disease © 2015 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  5. Fistulas

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    A fistula is an abnormal connection between two parts inside of the body. Fistulas may develop between different organs, such as between ... two arteries. Some people are born with a fistula. Other common causes of fistulas include Complications from ...

  6. Validation of an inanimate low cost model for training minimal invasive surgery (MIS) of esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula (AE/TEF) repair.

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    Maricic, Maximiliano Alejo; Bailez, María Marcela; Rodriguez, Susana P

    2016-09-01

    We present the results of the validation of an inanimate model created for training thoracoscopic treatment of esophageal atresia with lower tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF). We used different domestic materials such as a piece of wood (support), corrugated plastic tubes (PVC) of different sizes to simulate ribs, intercostal spaces, trachea and spine and tubular latex balloons to simulate the esophagus and lungs to make the basic model. This device was inserted into the thoracic cavity of a rubber dummy simulating a 3kg newborn with a work area volume of 50ml. The model was designed taking into account the experience of doing this procedure in neonates. The cost of the materials used was 50 US$. Regular video endoscopic equipment and 3mm instruments were used. Thirty-nine international faculty or pediatric surgeons attending hands on courses with different levels of training in minimal invasive surgery (MIS) repair of EA/TEF performed the procedure in the model. We compared the performance of the practitioners with their experience in thoracoscopic repair of EA. A Likert-type scale was used to evaluate results. Previous experience in MIS, anatomical appearance of the model, surgical anatomy compared to a real patient, and utility as a training method were analyzed. We also used a checklist to assess performance. We evaluated: number of errors and types of injuries, quality of the anastomosis, and duration of procedure. To analyze the results we used a T-test, chi-square test and Excel® database to match up some results. Thirty-nine questionnaires were completed. Seven surgeons were experts (≥30 TEF/EA repairs as surgeon), 10 had intermediate level of experience (5 to 29 repairs as surgeon) and 22 were beginners (less than 5 repairs). To simplify the analysis we divided the respondents into low experience LE (<5 real procedures-beginners; n=22) and high experience HE (intermediate, 10; and experts, 7; n=17). In relation to the anatomical characteristics of the

  7. Predictive factors for recurrence of high transsphincteric anal fistula after placement of seton.

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    Emile, Sameh Hany; Elfeki, Hossam; Thabet, Waleed; Sakr, Ahmed; Magdy, Alaa; El-Hamed, Tito M Abd; Omar, Waleed; Khafagy, Wael

    2017-06-01

    The optimal surgical treatment for high transsphincteric fistula-in-ano (FIA) should attain complete eradication of the fistulous track and, in the same time, not compromising the anal sphincters. The present study aimed to investigate the predictive factors for recurrence of high transsphincteric FIA after placement of draining seton and to evaluate the efficacy and complications of seton treatment for high cryptoglandular anal fistula. This is a retrospective case-control study of patients with high transsphincteric FIA who were treated with seton placement. Variables analyzed were the characteristics of FIA, incidence of recurrence, postoperative complications including fecal incontinence (FI), and the predictive factors for recurrence. A total of 251 patients (232 males) with high transsphincteric FIA were treated with loose seton placement. Patients were followed for a median period of 16 mo. Recurrence of FIA was recorded in 26 of patients (10.3%) after a mean duration of 12.2 ± 3.9 mo of seton removal. Previously recurrent fistula (odds ratio [OR] = 2.81, P = 0.02), supralevator extension (OR = 3.19, P = 0.01) and anterior fistula (OR = 3.36, P = 0.004), and horseshoe fistula (OR = 5.66, P = 0.009) were the most significant predictors of recurrence. FI was detected in eight patients (3.2%). Female gender (OR = 15.2, P = 0.0003) and horseshoe fistula (OR = 8.66, P = 0.01) were the significant risk factors for FI after the procedure. Significant risk factors for recurrence of FIA were previous fistula surgery, anterior anal fistula, and presence of secondary tracks or branches as supralevator extension, and horseshoe fistula. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Internal Pudendal Artery Perforator Island Flap for Management of Recurrent Benign Rectovaginal Fistula

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    Malahias, Marco N.; Karandikar, Sharad; Hendrickse, Charles

    2016-01-01

    Summary: The management of recurrent rectovaginal fistula after obstetric injury and cryptoglandular sepsis is considered a major surgical challenge. The fistula poses a significant negative psychosocial and sexual morbidity. In addition, the poor quality of local tissues due to previous attempts at surgical repair adds to this challenge. There are few data regarding the management of persistent or recurrent fistula in the literature; however, several studies reported high failure rates after 2 or more procedures. We present 4 cases managed successfully in a multidisciplinary approach involving fistulectomy and immediate reconstruction with an internal pudendal artery perforator island flap. PMID:27622109

  9. Recurrent posttraumatic urethro-vaginal fistula: a new application for ASTRA.

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    Dòmini, M; Aquino, A; Rossi, F; Lima, M; Ruggeri, G; Dòmini, R

    1999-12-01

    The authors describe the results of an application of the surgical technique called ASTRA (anterior sagittal transrectal approach) in a 16-year-old girl with recurrent urethro-vaginal fistula. The young girl had a posttraumatic urethro-vaginal fistula. It recurred after 4 operations by a direct vaginal approach before definitive correction with the ASTRA. Three years after the operation the patient has remained well with complete healing and no fistula recurrence confirmed by a voiding cystourethrogram and urodynamic and rectal manometric tests. This report suggests that ASTRA is a useful method of treating acquired or developmental anomalies of the perineal region.

  10. A descriptive longitudinal study protocol: recurrence and pregnancy post-repair of obstetric fistula in Guinea.

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    Delamou, Alexandre; Delvaux, Therese; Beavogui, Abdoul Habib; Levêque, Alain; Zhang, Wei-Hong; De Brouwere, Vincent

    2016-10-10

    Obstetric fistula is a serious medical condition which affects women in low income countries. Despite the progress of research on fistula, there is little data on long term follow-up after surgical repair. The objective of this study is to analyse the factors associated with the recurrence of fistula and the outcomes of pregnancy following fistula repair in Guinea. A descriptive longitudinal study design will be used. The study will include women who underwent fistula repair between 2012 and 2015 at 3 fistula repair sites supported by the Fistula Care Project in Guinea (Kissidougou Prefectoral Hospital, Labé Regional Hospital and Jean Paul II Hospital of Conakry). Participants giving an informed consent after a home visit by the Fistula Counsellors will be interviewed for enrolment at least 3 months after hospital discharge The study enrolment period is January 1, 2012 - June 30, 2015. Participants will be followed-up until June 30, 2016 for a maximum follow up period of 48 months. The sample size is estimated at 364 women. The cumulative incidence rates of fistula recurrence and pregnancy post-repair will be calculated using Kaplan-Meier methods and the risk factor analyses will be performed using adjusted Cox regression. The outcomes of pregnancy will be analysed using proportions, the Pearson's Chi Square (χ2) and a logistic regression with associations reported as risk ratios with 95 % confidence intervals. All analyses will be done using STATA version 13 (STATA Corporation, College Station, TX, USA) with a level of significance set at P < 0.05. This study will contribute to improving the prevention and management of obstetric fistula within the community and support advocacy efforts for the social reintegration of fistula patients into their communities. It will also guide policy makers and strategic planning for fistula programs. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02686957 . Registered 12 February 2016 (Retrospectively registered).

  11. Recurrent Colonization of Successively Implanted Tracheoesophageal Vocal Prostheses by a Member of the Fusarium solani Species Complex

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    Honraet, K.; De Vos, M. M.; Summerbell, R. C.; van Kempen, I.; De Saeger, S.; Vermeersch, H.; Van Peteghem, C.; Nelis, H. J.

    2005-01-01

    Tracheoesophageal vocal prostheses (TVP) in laryngectomized patients commonly deteriorate due to overgrowth by yeasts, particularly Candida species. We describe the first case of colonization of such devices by a member of the Fusarium solani species complex in a patient with a history of glottal carcinoma. Three isolates, from three prostheses, were found morphologically consistent with the traditional picture of F. solani. Ribosomal sequence analysis showed that the isolates belonged to a distinct, as yet apparently unnamed phylogenetic species within the F. solani species complex. This species, one of two distinct genetic types (genotype 2) traditionally considered part of the plant-pathogenic subtaxon Fusarium solani f. sp. radicicola, has not previously been identified as an agent of human or animal disease, although it is closely related to a known etiologic agent of mycetoma, an Acremonium-like species recently renamed Fusarium falciforme. Sequence and multisatellite M13 polymorphism analysis revealed no distinctions among the case isolates. Production of cyclosporine was detected for all three case isolates. PMID:15695678

  12. The Reliability of the Tracheoesophageal Groove and the Ligament of Berry as Landmarks for Identifying the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve: A Cadaveric Study and Meta-Analysis

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    Sanna, Beatrice; Graves, Matthew J.; Sanna, Silvia; Vikse, Jens

    2017-01-01

    Purpose. The aim of this meta-analysis was to provide a comprehensive evidence-based assessment, supplemented by cadaveric dissections, of the value of using the Ligament of Berry and Tracheoesophageal Groove as anatomical landmarks for identifying the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve. Methods. Seven major databases were searched to identify studies for inclusion. Eligibility was judged by two reviewers. Suitable studies were identified and extracted. MetaXL was used for analysis. All pooled prevalence rates were calculated using a random effects model. Heterogeneity among included studies was assessed using the Chi2 test and the I2 statistic. Results. Sixteen studies (n = 2,470 nerves), including original cadaveric data, were analyzed for the BL/RLN relationship. The RLN was most often located superficial to the BL with a pooled prevalence estimate of 78.2% of nerves, followed by deep to the BL in 14.8%. Twenty-three studies (n = 5,970 nerves) examined the RLN/TEG relationship. The RLN was located inside the TEG in 63.7% (95% CI: 55.3–77.7) of sides. Conclusions. Both the BL and TEG are landmarks that can help surgeons provide patients with complication-free procedures. Our analysis showed that the BL is a more consistent anatomical landmark than the TEG, but it is necessary to use both to prevent iatrogenic RLN injuries during thyroidectomies. PMID:28271065

  13. Congenital perilymph fistula causing recurrent meningitis: lessons learnt from a single-institution case series.

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    Rupa, Vedantam; Agarwal, Indira; Rajshekhar, Vedantam

    2014-02-01

    To study the steps involved in definitive evaluation and successful management of patients with congenital perilymph fistula presenting with recurrent meningitis. Case series with chart review. Tertiary care center. The case records of 11 patients (12 ears) treated for congenital perilymph fistula presenting with recurrent meningitis were reviewed to ascertain their clinical, radiological, and intraoperative features and outcome following surgery. Most patients presented after at least 3 episodes of meningitis (range, 2-10 episodes). Ipsilateral hearing loss was present in 9 of 12 ears, with normal hearing in 3 patients. High-resolution computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging scanning of the temporal bone contributed to the diagnosis in 75% of cases but was normal in 3 cases (25%). Oval window and round window defects were the most common (66.7% and 63.6%, respectively). Four ears (33.3%) had more than 1 defect. The unusual presentations included 2 patients who presented in adulthood, a patient with a defect in the medial wall of the attic, and 3 patients with normal radiological findings. Follow-up ranged from 1 to 11 years (median, 2 years). There were 2 failures following simple fistula closure with cessation of symptoms after vestibular obliteration. No patient was readmitted with recurrent meningitis after definitive surgery. Up to 25% of patients with recurrent meningitis secondary to congenital perilymph fistula may have normal audiological and radiological assessment necessitating exploratory tympanotomy. Vestibular obliteration, rather than simple fistula closure, prevents recurrence.

  14. [Recurrent neurosensory macular detachment in carotid-cavernous fistula].

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    de Dompablo, E; Díez-Álvarez, L; Ruiz-Casas, D; Sánchez-Gutiérrez, V; Ciancas, E; González-López, J J

    2015-07-01

    A 46 year-old man was seen in the emergency department complaining of vision loss and exophthalmos in his right eye. He also complained of headache, diplopia of 4 months onset, and neurosensory detachment that resolved spontaneously the month before. The study revealed tortuous conjunctival and episcleral vessels and neurosensory macular detachment in his right eye. A carotid-cavernous fistula was confirmed by computed tomography angiography. The fistula closed spontaneously during the hospitalization. One month later, the neurosensory detachment disappeared again. Carotid-cavernous fistula should be included in the differential diagnosis of neurosensory macular detachments. These neurosensory detachments can resolve spontaneously 11 the fistula is closed. Copyright © 2013 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  15. Treatment of recurrent anal fistula using an autologous cartilage plug: a pilot study.

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    Ozturk, E

    2015-05-01

    The aim of the present study was to assess a novel autologous cartilage plug technique used to treat anal fistula in ten patients. All ten patients had undergone at least two prior operations for recurrent fistulas. The plugs were prepared using the patients' own cartilage, which was obtained from either the nose or the ear, diced into pieces, and wrapped with oxidized regenerated cellulose. During the same session, fistula tracts were curetted using cytology brushes, and then, the cartilage plug was inserted into the tract. Routine postoperative examinations were performed at 2, 4, 8, 12, and 24 weeks after surgery. Magnetic resonance imaging was performed before surgery and at 3 and 6 months postoperatively. Relief of symptoms, radiological healing, recurrence, and continence were evaluated. The ten patients included six males and four females, with a median age of 39 years (range 25-70 years) and a median of three previous fistula operations (range 2-7 operations). Nine patients had cryptoglandular abscess, and one patient had Crohn's disease. The majority of the patients had transsphincteric fistulas with substantial anal sphincter involvement. The cartilage donor site was the nose for one patient and the ear for nine patients. The median follow-up time was 24 months (range 10-32 months). Of the ten patients, nine had fistula treatment without any short-term complications. The fistula failed to heal in one patient. Among the nine patients whose operations were initially successful, two late recurrences were observed. The cartilage plug seems to be a promising alternative for anal fistula treatment.

  16. Direct MRI fistulography with hydrogen peroxide in patients with recurrent perianal fistulas: a new proposal of extended diagnostics.

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    Waniczek, Dariusz; Adamczyk, Tomasz; Arendt, Jerzy; Kluczewska, Ewa

    2015-02-10

    Perianal fistulas are malformations of the anorectal area. Accurate preoperative assessment of perianal fistula tract is a main assumption in diagnosis of the disease, affecting the operation efficiency. The aim of the study was to present our experience in application of a new diagnostic protocol based on the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide (HP) and gadolinium as a direct contrast medium in evaluation of recurrent fistulas tract. The method is referred to as HPMRI. The study group consisted of 12 subjects operated on from 2011. Direct HPMRI fistulography was performed in all subjects before the operation. All types of fistulas were precisely evaluated by HPMRI examination. Intraoperative state confirmed complete course of fistulas in 11 cases. In 1 case, an internal opening was not found. We suggest that this new method of direct HPMRI fistulography may improve visualization of the tracts of recurrent fistulas and improve efficacy of surgical procedures.

  17. Recurrence of “cured” dural arteriovenous fistulas after Onyx embolization

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    Adamczyk, Peter; Amar, Arun Paul; Mack, William J.; Larsen, Donald W.

    2012-01-01

    Endovascular embolization with Onyx has been increasingly used to treat intracranial and spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs). Several case series have been published in recent years reporting high DAVF cure rates with this technique. Although it is seldom reported, DAVF recurrence may occur despite initial “cure.” The authors present 3 separate cases of a recurrent DAVF after successful transarterial Onyx embolization. Despite adequate Onyx penetration into the fistula and draining vein, these cases demonstrate that DAVF recanalization may reappear with filling from previous or newly recruited arterial feeders. Other published reports of DAVF recurrence are examined, and potential contributory factors are discussed. These cases highlight the need for awareness of this possible phenomenon and suggest that follow-up angiography should be considered in patients treated with catheter embolization. PMID:22537121

  18. Esophageal Atresia with or without Tracheoesophageal Fistula (EA/TEF): Association of Different EA/TEF Subtypes with Specific Co-occurring Congenital Anomalies and Implications for Diagnostic Workup.

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    Bogs, Thomas; Zwink, Nadine; Chonitzki, Vera; Hölscher, Alice; Boemers, Thomas M; Münsterer, Oliver; Kurz, Ralf; Heydweiller, Andreas; Pauly, Marcus; Leutner, Andreas; Ure, Benno M; Lacher, Martin; Deffaa, Oliver Johannes; Thiele, Holger; Bagci, Soyhan; Jenetzky, Ekkehart; Schumacher, Johannes; Reutter, Heiko

    2017-01-06

    Background Esophageal atresia with or without tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF) represents the most common developmental malformation of the upper digestive tract. It is classified into six subtypes according to the classification of Vogt, depending on anatomical variation of this malformation. Around 50% of the patients with EA/TEF present additional anomalies, which often influence, next to the EA/TEF subtype, the overall prognosis of EA/TEF newborns. Here, we investigated the association of the different EA/TEF subtypes with co-occurring congenital anomalies in EA/TEF patients and demonstrate their implications for postnatal diagnostic workup. Materials and Methods We investigated 333 patients of a large German multicenter study born between 1980 and 2012. After evaluation of all available clinical records, 235 patients were included in our analysis. We compared our results with existing data. Results The highest risk for co-occurring anomalies was seen in patients with most common Vogt 3b (p = 0.024), especially for additional gastrointestinal anomalies (p = 0.04). Co-occurring anomalies of the skin were significantly more common in patients with subtype Vogt 2 (p = 0.024). A significant correlation was observed for an impaired neurodevelopmental outcome and EA/TEF Vogt 3a (p = 0.041). Patients with EA/TEF showed a higher risk to present with any additional congenital anomaly compared with the general population (p < 0.001). Conclusion Our results warrant thorough clinical workup for gastrointestinal anomalies especially in patients with Vogt 3b. Moreover, it might be necessary to focus on a thorough aftercare for neurocognitive development in patients with Vogt 3a. The here presented observations need to be confirmed by future studies.

  19. Aspiration of tracheoesophageal prosthesis in a laryngectomized patient

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    2012-01-01

    Background The voice prosthesis inserted into a tracheoesophageal fistula has become the most widely used device for voice rehabilitation in patients with total laryngectomy. Case presentation We describe a case of tracheoesophageal prosthesis’ (TEP) aspiration in a laryngectomized patient, with permanent tracheal stoma, that appeared during standard cleaning procedure, despite a programme of training for the safe management of patients with voice prosthesis. Conclusions The definitive diagnosis and treatment were performed by flexible bronchoscopy, that may be considered the procedure of choice in these cases, also on the basis of the literature. PMID:22958961

  20. Postoperative recurrence of an IPMN of the pancreas with a fistula to the stomach.

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    Uesato, Masaya; Nabeya, Yoshihiro; Miyazaki, Shinichi; Aoki, Taito; Akai, Takashi; Shuto, Kiyohiko; Tanizawa, Tohru; Miyazaki, Masaru; Matsubara, Hisahiro

    2010-10-16

    We report on a case of a 74 year old man who was diagnosed with a recurrence of non-invasive carcinoma of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (non-invasive IPMN) by postoperative gastroscopy (GS). A pylorus preserving pancreatico duodenectomy for IPMN in the pancreatic head was performed. A histopathological study revealed non-invasive adenocarcinoma. At first, the local recurrence of the tumor around the superior mesenteric artery circumference was diagnosed and disappeared with gemcitabine. Later, the GS showed the elevated lesion with mucin hypersecretion in the remnant stomach. The lesion had a central dip and a fistula common to the pancreas was confirmed on fisterography. We diagnosed a recurrence of IPMN and administered chemotherapy again. However, he died of his original illness. There are no reports of postoperative recurrence of IPMN checked by GS. It should be remembered that the elevated lesion of the remnant stomach is considered as one of the recurrent patterns of IPMN.

  1. Case report: misdiagnosis of tailgut cyst presenting as recurrent perianal fistula with pelvic abscess.

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    Johnson, Kevin N; Young-Fadok, Tonia M; Carpentieri, David; Acosta, Juan M; Notrica, David M

    2013-02-01

    Tailgut cysts are uncommon lesions that usually occur within the presacral space. The relative rarity and nonspecific complaints associated with these lesions often lead to misdiagnosis or unnecessary procedures before the correct diagnosis is made. We describe a case of a 16-year-old female who presented with pelvic pain. She had previously undergone several procedures at an outside institution for recurrent perianal fistula and perirectal abscess. Subsequent evaluation under anesthesia revealed a presacral cystic mass with a well-developed tract within the anorectal ring in the posterior midline. This mass was surgically removed using a combined transanal and posterior sagittal excision technique and was found to be a tailgut cyst upon pathologic evaluation. Tailgut cysts and other presacral masses should be included in the differential for patients with recurrent abscess in the presacral space or fistula within the anal canal. A variety of surgical approaches are available depending on the anatomy of the lesion.

  2. Successful repair of recurrent rectovaginal fistula by stratified suture using transanal endoscopic microsurgery

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    Chen, Weijie; Chen, Xin; Lin, Guole; Qiu, Huizhong

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Background: Rectovaginal fistulas (RVFs) are abnormal connections between the rectum and vagina. Although many surgical approaches to correct them have been attempted, management of RVFs still remains a challenge, especially for recurrent RVFs. Methods: In the present study, we report a case in a 22-year-old female with a chief complaint of obvious passages of flatus or stool through the vagina for 10 years. She had suffered a vaginal trauma from a violent accident 10 years prior, and gradually noticed the uncontrollable passage of gas or feces from the vagina 2 weeks later. The patient underwent a transvaginal direct repair surgery at local hospital 9 years ago, but the symptoms recurred 1 month after the surgery. After 2-years monitoring, the patient underwent another transvaginal repair surgery (fistulectomy followed by direct suture) at another hospital, but the fistula recurred again. We initially performed a temporary protective transversostomy upon admission. After 8-months of observation, a methylene blue test was conducted and the diagnosis of recurrent RVF was confirmed. Subsequently, we performed a successful repair by stratified suture using transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM). The scar tissue on the posterior wall of the vagina and the anterior wall of the rectum were meticulously excised until the margin of the excisional line showed healthy tissue. In addition, the fistulous tract was completely removed. The edges of the fistula on the posterior wall of the vagina were closed by simple continuous suturing, and the rectal anterior wall was sutured in the same manner. Results: During a 1-year follow-up period, the fistulae were not recurrent and no complication such as incontinences or rectal bleeding were found. The latest Wexner score was 3. Conclusion: We present a case of successful treatment with stratified suture using TEM throughout the procedure. We strongly recommend this efficient and minimally invasive procedure for recurrent

  3. Fistula

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    De Prisco G, Celinski S, and Spak CW. Abdominal abscesses and gastrointestinal fistulas. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease . 9th ed. Philadelphia, ...

  4. Recurrent TIPS Failure Associated with Biliary Fistulae: Treatment with PTFE-Covered Stents

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    Sze, Daniel Y.; Vestring, Thomas; Liddell, Robert P.; Kato, Noriyuki; Semba, Charles P.; Razavi, Mahmood K.; Kee, Stephen T.; Dake, Michael D.

    1999-07-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of covered stents for the treatment of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) obstruction in human subjects with identified or suspected biliary fistulae. Methods: Five patients were treated for early failure of TIPS revisions. All had mid-shunt thrombus, and four of these had demonstrable biliary fistulae. Three patients also propagated thrombus into the native portal venous system and required thrombolysis. TIPS were revised in four patients using a custom-made polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-covered Wallstent, and in one patient using a custom-made PTFE-covered Gianturco Z-stent. Results: All identified biliary fistulae were successfully sealed. All five patients maintained patency and function of the TIPS during follow-up ranging from 2 days to 21 months (mean 8.4 months). No patient has required additional revision. Thrombosis of the native portal venous system was treated with partial success by mechanical thrombolysis. Conclusion: Early and recurrent failure of TIPS with mid-shunt thrombosis, which may be associated with biliary fistulae, can be successfully treated using covered stents. Stent-graft revision appears to be safe, effective, and potentially durable.

  5. Arteriojejunal Fistula Presenting with Recurrent Obscure GI Hemorrhage in a Patient with a Failed Pancreas Allograft

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    Desai, Nirmit; Patel, Sagar; Nwosu, Chinyere; Sung, Lok; Buscaglia, Jonathan M.; Nord, Edward P.; Wadhwa, Nand K.

    2013-01-01

    We present a case of a patient with a failed pancreaticoduodenal allograft with exocrine enteric-drainage who developed catastrophic gastrointestinal (GI) hemorrhage. Over the course of a week, she presented with recurrent GI bleeds of obscure etiology. Multiple esophago-gastro-duodenoscopic (EGD) and colonoscopic evaluations failed to reveal the source of the hemorrhage. A capsule endoscopy and a technetium-labeled red blood cells (RBC) imaging study were similarly unrevealing for source of bleeding. She subsequently developed hemorrhagic shock requiring emergent superior mesenteric arteriography. Run off images revealed an external iliac artery aneurysm with fistulization into the jejunum. Coiled embolization was attempted but abandoned because of hemodynamic instability. Deployment of a covered endovascular stent into the right external iliac artery over the fistula site resulted in immediate hemodynamic stabilization. A high index of suspicion for arterioenteric fistulae is needed for diagnosis of this uncommon but eminently treatable form of GI hemorrhage in this patient population. PMID:24455393

  6. A leak too far - Gastro-pleural fistula mimicking recurrence of repaired congenital diaphragmatic hernia following fundoplication

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    Lakshminarayanan, Bhanumathi; Morgan, Robert David; Platt, Kaye; Lakhoo, Kokila

    2013-01-01

    Recurrence rate after a congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair is high especially after a patch repair. Recurrence can be asymptomatic, followed by respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms and the diagnosis is usually confirmed radiologically. We present an unusual case of radiologically diagnosed recurrent left diaphragmatic hernia but at surgery was found to be a gastro-pleural fistula that occurred as a complication following fundoplication surgery. PMID:24421956

  7. Management of Recurrent Rectourethral Fistula by York Mason Posterior Transrectal Transsphincteric Approach

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    Yetişir, Fahri; Şarer, A. Ebru; Acar, H. Zafer; Parlak, Omer; Osmanoglu, Gokhan; Karalova, Gulen

    2015-01-01

    Rectourethral fistula (RUF) may develop after ureterovesical and rectal intervention or radiation therapy (RT) rarely, but it is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The patient will typically present with pneumaturia, faecaluria, and urinary drainage from the rectum. Diagnosis can be easily done with digital rectal examination, cystography, and urethrocystoscopy. Conservative supportive management of RUF does not appear to be successful in most patients, and management with surgical intervention remains the best treatment option. Several surgical techniques have been described including transabdominal, transanal, transperineal, combined abdominoperineal, anterior and posterior transsphincteric, transsacral, laparoscopic, robotic, and endoscopic minimally invasive approaches. There have been very few data about treatment of recurrent RUF. We would like to report the management of recurrent RUF following transurethral resection of prostate and RT for prostate carcinoma in an immunosuppressed, 75-year-old patient by York Mason posterior transrectal transsphincteric approach. PMID:26770864

  8. Tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia repair

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    ... the chest wall) to drain fluids from the space between the outside of the lung and the inside of the chest cavity. Intravenous (IV) fluids, including nutrition Oxygen Pain medicines as needed If both the TEF and EA ...

  9. Esophageal atresia and tracheo-esophageal fistula.

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    van der Zee, David C; Tytgat, Stefaan H A; van Herwaarden, Maud Y A

    2017-04-01

    Management of esophageal atresia has merged from correction of the anomaly to the complete spectrum of management of esophageal atresia and all its sequelae. It is the purpose of this article to give an overview of all aspects involved in taking care of patients with esophageal atresia between January 2011 and June 2016, as well as the patients who were referred from other centers. Esophageal atresia is a complex anomaly that has many aspects that have to be dealt with and complications to be solved. By centralizing these patients in centers of expertise it is believed that the best care can be given. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Patterns of recurrence/persistence of criptoglandular anal fistula after the LIFT procedure. Long-term observacional study.

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    Placer Galán, Carlos; Lopes, Claudia; Múgica, José Andrés; Saralegui, Yolanda; Borda, Nerea; Enriquez Navascues, José M

    2017-06-29

    To study the recurrence/persistence rate of complex cripotoglandular anal fistula after the LIFT procedure and analyse the patterns of recurrence/persistence. Observational study of patients with transe-sphincteric or supra-sphincteric anal fistula treated using the LIFT procedure from December 2008 to April 2016. Variables studied included clinical characteristics, surgical technique and results. Clinical cure was defined and imaging studies were used in doubtful cases. Wexner's score was used for continence evaluation. The minimum follow-up time was one year. A total of 55 patients were operated on: 53 with a trans-sphincteric fistula and 2 supra-sphincteric. There were 16 failures (29%): 7 complete fistulas (original), 6 intersphincteric (downstage), and 3 external residual tracts. A posterior location and complexity of the tract were risk factors for recurrence/persistence. The presence of a seton did not improve results. No case presented decrease of continence (Wexner 0). Nine patients presented minor complications (9%): 4 intersphincteric wounds with delayed closure and one external hemorrhoidal thrombosis. The median time to closure of the external opening was 5 weeks (IR 2-6). Intersphincteric wounds closed in 4-8 weeks. In our experience, the LIFT technique is a safe and reproducible procedure with low morbidity, no repercussion on continence and a success rate over 70%. There are 3types of recurrence: the intersphincteric fistula, the original fistulatula (trans- or supra-sphincteric) and the residual external tract. Considering the types of recurrence, only 12,7% of patients need more complex surgery to solve their pathology. The rest of the recurrences/persistence were solved by simple procedures (fistulotomy in intersphincteric forms and legrado in residual tracts). Copyright © 2017 AEC. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  11. Who is at risk for developing chronic anal fistula or recurrent anal sepsis after initial perianal abscess?

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    Hamadani, Ali; Haigh, Philip I; Liu, In-Lu A; Abbas, Maher A

    2009-02-01

    This study was designed to determine factors that contribute to chronic anal fistula or recurrent sepsis after initial perianal abscess. A retrospective cohort study was conducted in patients with a first-time perianal abscess who were treated at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles between 1995 and 2007. Univariate and multivariable analyses were performed with the Cox proportional hazards model to determine predictors of risk for recurrent disease. One hundred and forty-eight patients met inclusion criteria (105 men, 43 women; mean age, 43.6 years). During a mean follow-up of 38 months, the cumulative incidence of chronic anal fistula or recurrent sepsis was 36.5 percent. Univariate and multivariable analyses showed more than two-fold increased risk of recurrence in patients <40 years vs. those >/=40 years (P < 0.01), and univariate analysis showed nondiabetics were 2.69 times as likely to experience recurrence as diabetics (P = 0.04). No significant differences in risk of recurrence were noted for men vs. women (HR = 0.78; P = 0.39), nonsmokers vs. smokers (HR = 1.17; P = 0.58); perioperative antibiotics vs. no antibiotics (HR = 1.51; P = 0.19); or HIV-positive vs. HIV- negative status (HR = 0.72; P = 0.44). Age younger than 40 years significantly increased risk of chronic anal fistula or recurrent anal sepsis after a first-time episode of perianal abscess. Patients with diabetes may have a decreased risk compared with nondiabetic patients. Gender, smoking history, perioperative antibiotic treatment, and HIV status were not risk factors for chronic anal fistula or recurrent anal sepsis.

  12. Recurrent Carotid Cavernous Fistula Originating from a Giant Cerebral Aneurysm after Placement of a Covered Stent

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    Baek, Jung Wook; Lee, Young Seo; Jeong, Young-Gyun; Jeong, Hae Woong; Baek, Jin Wook; Seo, Jung Hwa

    2016-01-01

    We report the case of a recurrent carotid cavernous fistula (CCF) originating from a giant cerebral aneurysm (GCA) after placement of a covered stent. A 47-year-old woman presented with sudden onset of severe headache, and left-sided exophthalmos and ptosis. Cerebral angiography revealed a CCF caused by rupture of a GCA in the cavernous segment of the left internal carotid artery. Two covered stents were placed at the neck of the aneurysm. The neurological symptoms improved at first, but were aggravated in the 6 months following the treatment. Contrast agent endoleak was seen in the distal area of the stent. Even though additional treatments were attempted via an endovascular approach, the CCF could not be cured. However, after trapping the aneurysm using coils and performing superficial temporal artery-middle cerebral artery bypass, the neurological symptoms improved. In cases of recurrent CCF originating from a GCA after placement of a covered stent, it is possible to treat the CCF by endovascular trapping and surgical bypass. PMID:27847780

  13. Conservative treatment of a recto-urethral fistula due to salvage HIFU for local recurrence of prostate cancer, 5 years after radical prostatectomy and external beam radiotherapy.

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    Topazio, Luca; Perugia, Claudio; Finazzi-Agro, Enrico

    2012-11-09

    Recto-urethral fistula is one of the most serious complications caused by high-intensity-focused ultrasound used as salvage treatment for recurrence of prostate cancer after brachytherapy or external beam radiotherapy (EBRT). We report the case of a recto-urethral fistula in a 68-year-old patient, who previously had undergone radical prostatectomy and EBRT for prostate cancer (pT3 N0 Mx). The fistula was treated conservatively by an indwelling Foley catheter, without the creation of an intestinal diversion. The fistula was assessed initially by a retrograde and a CT scan of the pelvis with contrast medium and reassessed periodically by means of retrograde urethrograms. To date, 24 months after this episode, no evidence of recurrence of the fistula has been found.

  14. Closure of a Recurrent Bronchopleural Fistula Using a Matrix Seeded With Patient-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells

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    Aho, Johnathon M.; Dietz, Allan B.; Radel, Darcie J.; Butler, Greg W.; Thomas, Mathew; Nelson, Timothy J.; Carlsen, Brian T.; Cassivi, Stephen D.; Resch, Zachary T.; Faubion, William A.

    2016-01-01

    Management of recurrent bronchopleural fistula (BPF) after pneumonectomy remains a challenge. Although a variety of devices and techniques have been described, definitive management usually involves closure of the fistula tract through surgical intervention. Standard surgical approaches for BPF incur significant morbidity and mortality and are not reliably or uniformly successful. We describe the first-in-human application of an autologous mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-seeded matrix graft to repair a multiply recurrent postpneumonectomy BPF. Adipose-derived MSCs were isolated from patient abdominal adipose tissue, expanded, and seeded onto bio-absorbable mesh, which was surgically implanted at the site of BPF. Clinical follow-up and postprocedural radiological and bronchoscopic imaging were performed to ensure BPF closure, and in vitro stemness characterization of patient-specific MSCs was performed. The patient remained clinically asymptomatic without evidence of recurrence on bronchoscopy at 3 months, computed tomographic imaging at 16 months, and clinical follow-up of 1.5 years. There is no evidence of malignant degeneration of MSC populations in situ, and the patient-derived MSCs were capable of differentiating into adipocytes, chondrocytes, and osteocytes using established protocols. Isolation and expansion of autologous MSCs derived from patients in a malnourished, deconditioned state is possible. Successful closure and safety data for this approach suggest the potential for an expanded study of the role of autologous MSCs in regenerative surgical applications for BPF. Significance Bronchopleural fistula is a severe complication of pulmonary resection. Current management is not reliably successful. This work describes the first-in-human application of an autologous mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-seeded matrix graft to the repair of a large, multiply recurrent postpneumonectomy BPF. Clinical follow-up of 1.5 years without recurrence suggests initial safety and

  15. Phonation Offset in Tracheoesophageal Speech

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    Searl, Jeff; Ousley, Teri

    2004-01-01

    Tracheoesophageal (TE) speakers often have difficulty producing the voiced-voiceless distinction. Phonation offset (POff) as a TE speaker transitions from a vowel to a stop consonant may be altered, possibly contributing to listener misperceptions. The purposes of this study were to: (1) compare the duration of POff in TE versus laryngeal…

  16. Phonation Offset in Tracheoesophageal Speech

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    Searl, Jeff; Ousley, Teri

    2004-01-01

    Tracheoesophageal (TE) speakers often have difficulty producing the voiced-voiceless distinction. Phonation offset (POff) as a TE speaker transitions from a vowel to a stop consonant may be altered, possibly contributing to listener misperceptions. The purposes of this study were to: (1) compare the duration of POff in TE versus laryngeal…

  17. Complex abdominal wall reconstruction in the setting of active infection and contamination: a systematic review of hernia and fistula recurrence rates.

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    Hodgkinson, J D; Maeda, Y; Leo, C A; Warusavitarne, J; Vaizey, C J

    2017-04-01

    Minimal evidence exists to guide surgeons on the risk of complications when performing abdominal wall reconstruction (AWR) in the presence of active infection, contamination or enterocutaneous fistula. This study aims to establish the outcomes of contaminated complex AWR. Analysis was conducted according to PRISMA guidelines. Systematic search of the MEDLINE, EMBASE and Pubmed databases was performed. Studies reporting exclusively on single-staged repair of contaminated complex AWR were included. Pooled data were analysed to establish rates of complications. Sixteen studies were included, consisting of 601 contaminated complex AWRs, of which 233 included concurrent enterocutaneous fistula repair. The average follow-up period was 26.7 months. There were 146 (24.3%) reported hernia recurrences. When stratified by repair method, suture repair alone had the lowest rate of recurrence (14.2%), followed by nonabsorbable synthetic mesh reinforcement (21.2%), biological mesh (25.8%) and absorbable synthetic mesh (53.1%). Hernia recurrence was higher when fascial closure was not achieved. Of the 233 enterocutaneous fistula repairs, fistula recurrence was seen in 24 patients (10.3%). Suture repair alone had the lowest rate of recurrence (1.6%), followed by nonbiological mesh (10.3%) and biological mesh reinforcement (12%). Forty-six per cent of patients were reported as having a wound-related complication and the mortality rate was 2.5%. It is feasible to perform simultaneous enterocutaneous fistula repair and AWR as rates of recurrent fistula are comparable with series describing enterocutaneous fistula repair alone. Hernias recurred in nearly a quarter of cases. This analysis is limited by a lack of comparative data and variability of outcome reporting. Colorectal Disease © 2017 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  18. [Use of human fibrin glue (Tissucol) in the treatment of recurrent fistulas].

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    La Torre, F; Pascarella, G; Nicolai, A P; Pontone, P; Montori, A

    1995-05-01

    In this study, the treatment of either primitive or secondary abdominal relapsed fistulas with Human Fibrin Glue (Tissucol) is reported. Twelve patients with different types of fistulas were treated in day hospital with the above mentioned procedure. Apart from two patients, the good percentage of success obtained in a short period of time is stressed. Results show that such a technique may be favourably adopted, nevertheless a correct first surgical procedure is recommended.

  19. Spontaneous pneumothorax due to bronchopleural fistula following reirradiation for locoregionally recurrent squamous cell lung cancer.

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    Ota, Takayo; Suzumura, Tomohiro; Sugiura, Takamune; Hasegawa, Yoshikazu; Yonesaka, Kimio; Makihara, Masaru; Tsukuda, Hiroshi; Tada, Takuhito; Fukuoka, Masahiro

    2016-05-01

    Spontaneous pneumothorax following radiotherapy for pulmonary malignancy is an unusual clinical condition. Here, we report a case of a 78-year-old male suffering from dyspnea during radiotherapy for squamous cell lung cancer of the right main bronchus. Imaging studies and fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed that pneumothorax was due to a bronchopleural fistula.

  20. Combined tracheoesophageal transection after blunt neck trauma.

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    Hamid, Umar Imran; Jones, James Mark

    2013-04-01

    Survival following tracheoesophageal transection is uncommon. Establishing a secure airway has the highest priority in trauma management. Understanding the mechanism of the incident can be a useful adjunct in predicting the likelihood and severity of specific anatomical patterns of injuries. We discuss published literature on combined tracheoesophageal injuries after blunt neck trauma and their outcome. A search of MEDLINE for papers published regarding tracheoesophageal injury was made. The literature search identified 14 such articles referring to a total of 27 patients. Age ranged from 3-73 years. The mechanism of injury was secondary to a rope/wire in 33%, metal bar in 4% of cases and unspecified in 63%. All of the patients were managed surgically. A number of tissues were used to protect the anastomosis including pleural and sternocleidomastoid muscle flaps. There were no reported mortalities. Patients with combined tracheoesophageal injury after blunt neck trauma require acute management of airway along with concomitant occult injuries.

  1. Analysis of Polish Vowels of Tracheoesophageal Speakers.

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    Mięsikowska, Marzena

    2017-03-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the acoustical differences between normal and tracheoesophageal Polish speakers during Polish vowel production. Formant frequencies, namely, the first (F1) and second (F2) formant frequencies for 6 Polish vowels produced by 11 normal and 11 tracheoesophageal speakers, were analyzed using statistical analysis of variance and discriminant analysis. Spectral analysis showed that the F1 and F2 values of Polish vowels produced by tracheoesophageal speakers were significantly higher than those produced by normal speakers, with the exception of the F2 value of /i/ produced by tracheoesophageal speakers. Analysis of variance showed significant differences between speeches based on the F1 and F2 formant frequencies. Discriminant analysis based on the formant frequencies for F1 and F2 exhibited 73.33% of the mean classification score for tracheoesophageal speakers and 96.36% for normal speakers. Tracheoesophageal speakers exhibit higher F1 and F2 formant frequencies, with the exception of the F2 value for the vowel /i/ than normal speakers. Discriminant analysis showed that the classification process for TE speech exhibits lower accuracy due to the poorer classification of the vowels /i/, /u/, and /y/. Copyright © 2017 The Voice Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Recurrent pancreatic fistula occurring after nephrectomy in patients with a renal hydatid cyst: a case report

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    Ceylan, Cavit; Odabaş, Öner; Doğan, Serkan; Yığman, Metin

    2013-01-01

    Pancreatic fistula (PF) is an important complication that may develop during intra-abdominal surgeries and following distal pancreas trauma. In the early period, drainage from the surgical site and increased amylase production based on the biochemical examination of the drainage fluid are the factors for diagnosis. In contrast, in association with fluid collected from the surgical site, intra-abdominal abscess and high fever may lead to the diagnosis in the late period. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) for the treatment of intra-abdominal fluid collection after PF and intra-abdominal percutaneous stent placement as well as the placement of a pancreatic stent in the pancreatic channel may be alternative methods to stop drainage. However, the complete resolution of fluid drainage may take months. In our case, drainage from the pancreatic fistula area took longer to resolve than the periods previously reported in the English literature. The tail of the pancreas can be injured during the extraction of especially aggressive and metastatic masses from organs near to the distal pancreas. Injury to the tail of the pancreas can also occur during the extraction of benign-like renal hydatid cysts and/or malignant left kidney masses. However, PF can be treated with noninvasive methods, such as percutaneous treatment and ERCP. PMID:26328082

  3. Tracheomegaly and tracheosephagial fistula following mechanical ventilation: A case report and review of the literature

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    Kucuk, Canan; Arda, Kemal; Ata, Naim; Turkkani, Mustafa Hamidullah; Yildiz, Özgür Ömer

    2016-01-01

    Postintubation Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is a rare complication. Acquired TEF most commonly occurred following prolonged mechanical ventilation with an endotracheal or tracheostomy tube, cuff-related tracheal injury, post-intubation injury. We present a case of both tracheomegaly and tracheosephagial fistula following mechanical ventilation for 15 days, in the light of the literature. PMID:27222792

  4. Recurrent recurrent gallstone ileus.

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    Hussain, Z; Ahmed, M S; Alexander, D J; Miller, G V; Chintapatla, S

    2010-07-01

    We describe the second reported case of three consecutive episodes of gallstone ileus and ask the question whether recurrent gallstone ileus justifies definitive surgery to the fistula itself or can be safely managed by repeated enterotomies.

  5. Genetics Home Reference: esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula

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    ... in chromosomes, or they can be multifactorial. For example, approximately 10 percent of people with CHARGE syndrome , which is usually caused by mutations in the CHD7 gene, have EA/TEF . About ...

  6. Neoglottic vibration in tracheoesophageal shunt phonation.

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    Omori, K; Kojima, H

    1999-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to examine vibratory patterns of the neoglottis and to ascertain the neoglottic conditions that could cause failure in tracheoesophageal shunt phonation. We studied 30 tracheoesophageal shunt speakers while using "trap-door" type voice prostheses. Videostroboscopy was undertaken to investigate vibratory patterns of the neoglottis during phonation of the sustained vowel sound /e/ in these patients. The voice qualities of the patients were judged perceptually. A regular neoglottic vibration was observed in 21 patients. Nine patients had irregular neoglottic vibrations. In this latter group, two patients had incomplete neoglottic closures with breathy voices, four patients had multiple contacts of several mucosal walls with rough voices, and three patients had tight neoglottic closures with strained voices. During stroboscopic evaluation of tracheoesophageal shunt phonation, regularity of the neoglottic vibration may be the most significant finding. These findings show that it is as important to evaluate neoglottic vibration in alaryngeal voicing as it is to study glottic vibration in laryngeal voicing. Stroboscopic examination may be a help to elucidate a cause of failure in cases of poor tracheoesophageal shunt speech.

  7. Quality of "Glottal" Stops in Tracheoesophageal Speakers

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    van Rossum, M. A.; van As-Brooks, C. J.; Hilgers, F. J. M.; Roozen, M.

    2009-01-01

    Glottal stops are conveyed by an abrupt constriction at the level of the glottis. Tracheoesophageal (TE) speakers are known to have poor control over the new voice source (neoglottis), and this might influence the production of "glottal" stops. This study investigated how TE speakers realized "glottal" stops in abutting words…

  8. Recurrent pyriform sinus fistula successfully treated by endoscopic Glubran 2 sealing: A rare case and literature review

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    Di Nardo, Giovanni; Valentini, Valentino; Angeletti, Diletta; Frediani, Simone; Iannella, Giannicola; Cozzi, Denis; Roggini, Mario; Magliulo, Giuseppe

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: The authors present the case of a 3-year-old girl with a history of complicated surgery for removing a third branchial cleft fistula. Methods: An endoscopic approach using N-butyl-2-acrylate and metacrilosisolfolane glue (GLUBRAN 2) to seal the fistula was performed. Results: The clinical and radiological 6-year follow-up confirmed the absence of the fistulous orifice and the persistence of scar due to previous open-neck surgical procedures. Conclusion: endoscopic Glubran 2 sealing has been an effective treatment procedure for branchial fistula. PMID:27781098

  9. A Case of Aorto-Bronchial Fistula After Insertion of Left Main Bronchial Self-Expanding Metallic Stent in a Patient with Recurrent Esophageal Cancer

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    Onishi, Hiroshi Kuriyama, Kengo; Komiyama, Takafumi; Tanaka, Shiho; Marino, Kan; Tsukamoto, Tatsuaki; Araki, Tsutomu

    2004-09-15

    We report a case of aorto-bronchial fistula (ABF) caused by a self-expanding metallic stent (EMS) 51 days after insertion into the left main bronchus. The patient presented with left main bronchial stenosis caused by post-operative local recurrence of esophageal cancer. Post-operative radio therapy totaling 40 Gy and post-recurrence radiotherapy totaling 34 Gy were administered, with daily fractions of 2 Gy. Stenosis of the left main bronchus improved slightly, and was followed with insertion of EMS to prevent re-stenosis. The patient experienced massive hemoptysis for 3 days before sudden death. Autopsy revealed the EMS edge perforating the descending aortic lumen. Tumor infiltration and bacterial infection were observed on the wall of the left bronchus, and atherosclerosis was present on the aortic wall around the fistula. It should be noted that the left main bronchus was at considerable risk of ABF after insertion of EMS for malignant stenosis, and prophylactic stent insertion into the bronchus without imperative need must be avoided.

  10. Vaginal Fistula

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    Vaginal fistula Overview By Mayo Clinic Staff A vaginal fistula is an abnormal opening that connects your vagina to ... or urine to pass through your vagina. Vaginal fistulas can develop as a result of an injury, ...

  11. Arteriovenous Fistula

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    ... Arteriovenous fistula By Mayo Clinic Staff An arteriovenous (AV) fistula is an abnormal connection between an artery ... body, but especially in the lungs. Surgical creation (AV fistula procedure). People who have late-stage kidney ...

  12. Vaginal Fistula

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    Diseases and Conditions Vaginal fistula By Mayo Clinic Staff A vaginal fistula is an abnormal opening that connects your vagina to another organ, ... stool or urine to pass through your vagina. Vaginal fistulas can develop as a result of an ...

  13. Palliation of malignant esophageal obstruction and fistulas with self expandable metallic stents

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    Dobrucali, Ahmet; Caglar, Erkan

    2010-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of self expandable metallic stents (SEMS) in patients with malignant esophageal obstruction and fistulas. METHODS: SEMS were implanted in the presence of fluoroscopic guidance in patients suffering from advanced and non-resectable esophageal, cardiac and invasive lung cancer between 2002 and 2009. All procedures were performed under conscious sedation. All patients had esophagus obstruction and/or fistula. In all patients who required reintervention, recurrence of dysphagia, hemorrhage, and fistula formation were indications for further endoscopy. Patients’ files were scanned retrospectively and the obtained data were analyzed using SPSS 13.0 for Windows. The χ2 test was used for categorical data and was analysis of variance for non-categorical data. Patients’ long-term survival was assessed using the Kaplan-Meier method. RESULTS: Stents were successfully implanted in 90 patients using fluoroscopic guidance. Reasons for stent implantation in these patients were esophageal stricture (77/90, 85.5%), external pressure (8/90, 8.8%) and tracheo-esophageal fistula (5/90, 5.5%). Dysphagia scores (mean ± SD) were 3.37 ± 0.52 before and 0.90 ± 0.43 after stent implantation (P = 0.002). Intermittent, non-massive hemorrhage due to the erosion caused by the distal end of the stent in the stomach occurred in only one patient who received implementation at cardio-esophageal junction. Mean survival following stenting was 134.14 d (95% confidence interval: 94.06-174.21). CONCLUSION: SEMS placement is safe and effective in the palliation of dysphagia in selected patients with malignant esophageal strictures. PMID:21128325

  14. Anorectal Infection: Abscess–Fistula

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    Abcarian, Herand

    2011-01-01

    Anorectal abscess and fistula are among the most common diseases encountered in adults. Abscess and fistula should be considered the acute and chronic phase of the same anorectal infection. Abscesses are thought to begin as an infection in the anal glands spreading into adjacent spaces and resulting in fistulas in ~40% of cases. The treatment of an anorectal abscess is early, adequate, dependent drainage. The treatment of a fistula, although surgical in all cases, is more complex due to the possibility of fecal incontinence as a result of sphincterotomy. Primary fistulotomy and cutting setons have the same incidence of fecal incontinence depending on the complexity of the fistula. So even though the aim of a surgical procedure is to cure a fistula, conservative management short of major sphincterotomy is warranted to preserve fecal incontinence. However, trading radical surgery for conservative (nonsphincter cutting) procedures such as a draining seton, fibrin sealant, anal fistula plug, endorectal advancement flap, dermal island flap, anoplasty, and LIFT (ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract) procedure all result in more recurrence/persistence requiring repeated operations in many cases. A surgeon dealing with fistulas on a regular basis must tailor various operations to the needs of the patient depending on the complexity of the fistula encountered. PMID:22379401

  15. Rectovaginal fistula in Crohn's disease.

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    Andreani, S M; Dang, H H; Grondona, P; Khan, A Z; Edwards, D P

    2007-12-01

    Crohn's disease is characterized by transmural bowel inflammation and a tendency to form fistulas with adjacent structures. Several different fistulas have been described: enterocutaneous, enteroenteric, enterovesical, enterovaginal, and perineal. Rectovaginal fistulas are difficult to treat despite multimodal therapy. This study was designed to review the current strategic options to best manage this condition. We reviewed the English-language literature from 1966 to 2006, using PUBMED, targeting Crohn's disease involving vagina using key words "rectovaginal fistula and CD," "anovaginal fistula and CD," "anovaginal fistula," and "rectovaginal fistula." We excluded the involvement of the vagina from a pouch after a proctectomy. A total of 776 articles were found; 206 articles were identified and judged as being relevant on the basis of title-related articles and links were reviewed. Fifty-three articles were selected after reading the abstract or full manuscript. The management of rectovaginal fistula, representing 9 percent of all fistulas, remains a challenge in the setting of Crohn's disease. Medical treatments are not favorable with low rates of long-term symptomatic control and unacceptable high rates of recurrence. Several novel and new surgical techniques have been described, and rectal advancement flap, in selected patients, seems to have the most successful results. The management of rectovaginal fistula of Crohn's origin should involve both gastroenterologists and coloproctologists, with the best surgical results being achieved in patients receiving optimum medical therapy. More focused studies targeting these patients with the use of combined medical and surgical therapy are necessary.

  16. Gastrointestinal fistula

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    ... Other causes include: Blockage in the intestine Infection Crohn disease Radiation to the abdomen (most often given as ... medicines if the fistula is a result of Crohn disease Surgery to remove the fistula and part of ...

  17. Treatment of non-IBD anal fistula.

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    Lundby, Lilli; Hagen, Kikke; Christensen, Peter; Buntzen, Steen; Thorlacius-Ussing, Ole; Andersen, Jens; Krupa, Marek; Qvist, Niels

    2015-05-01

    The course of the fistula tract in relation to the anal sphincter is identified by clinical examination under general anaesthesia using a fistula probe and injection of fluid into the external fistula opening. In the event of a complex fistula or in the case of fistula recurrence, this should be supplemented with an endoluminal ultrasound scan and/or an MRI scan. St. Mark's fistula chart should be used for the description. Simple fistulas are amenable to fistulotomy, whereas treatment of complex fistulas requires special expertise and management of all available treatment modalities to tailor the right operation to the individual patient. The given levels of evidence and grades of recommendations are according to the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine (www.cemb.net).

  18. Rectovaginal Fistulae

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    Das, Bidhan; Snyder, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Rectovaginal fistulae are abnormal epithelialized connections between the rectum and vagina. Fistulae from the anorectal region to the posterior vagina are truly best characterized as anovaginal or very low rectovaginal fistulae. True rectovaginal fistulae are less common and result from inflammatory bowel disease, trauma, or iatrogenic injury. A very few patients are asymptomatic, but the symptoms of rectovaginal fistula are incredibly distressing and unacceptable. Diagnostic approach, timing, and choice of surgical intervention, including sphincteroplasty, gracilis flaps, Martius flaps, and special circumstances are discussed. PMID:26929752

  19. [Replacement of tracheo-esophageal Provox prosthesis].

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    Biacabe, B; Laccourreye, O; Ménard, M; Hans, S; Brasnu, D

    2000-02-01

    To compare anesthesic techniques used between 1992 and 1997 at Laënnec Hospital for replacement by tracheo-esophageal Provox prosthesis: local and general anesthesia. Theoretical financial cost for replacement was estimated according to anaesthetic techniques. Provox in situ lifetime was calculated in 58 patients who underwent 115 and 49 replacements under general and local anaesthesia respectively. Age, sex, surgical and radiotherapy backgrounds, complications and anaesthetic techniques were studied as potential factors correlated with Provox in situ lifetime. Theoretical financial cost for replacement was estimated according to anaesthetic techniques. In 1992, 12% of Provox prosthesis were inserted under local anaesthesia and 54% in 1997. Provox in situ lifetime was either not influenced by anaesthetic techniques or other factors under analysis. The theoretical financial cost was estimated at 14, 341 FFrs and 6,048 FFrs for replacement under general and local anaesthesia respectively. Due to increased control of health care costs, we advocated local anaesthesia for Provox prosthesis replacement if control endoscopy is not required.

  20. [Cryptoglandular anal fistulas].

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    de Parades, Vincent; Zeitoun, Jean-David; Bauer, Pierre; Atienza, Patrick

    2008-10-31

    Cryptoglandular anal fistulae are the most frequently occurring form of perianal sepsis. Characteristically they have an endoanal primary opening, a fistula track and an abscess and/or an external purulent opening. Antibiotic therapy is not of use in initial management except in special cases. Treatment of an abscess, if present, is required urgently and when possible, consists of its incision under local anaesthesia. Treating the fistula track occurs afterwards and aims to dry up the purulent discharge and avoid recurrence of the abscess by means of surgical fistulotomy. These techniques are very effective in terms of eradication of the problem but there is sometimes a risk of anal incontinence. This explains the increasing interest in sphincter preserving techniques using the advancement of a covering flap of rectal mucosa and the injection of fibrin glue.

  1. Pancreaticopleural fistula: a review.

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    Aswani, Yashant; Hira, Priya

    2015-01-31

    Pancreaticopleural fistula is a rare complication of chronic pancreatitis consequent to posterior disruption of the pancreatic duct. The fistulous track ascends into the pleural cavity and gives rise to large volumes of pleural fluid. Pancreaticopleural fistula thus poses a diagnostic problem since the source of pleural fluid is extrathoracic. To further complicate the matter, abdominal pain is seldom the presenting or significant feature. The pleural effusion is typically rapidly accumulating, recurrent and exudative in nature. Pleural fluid amylase in the correct clinical setting virtually clinches the diagnosis. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and computed tomography may delineate the fistula and thus aid in diagnosis. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography has emerged both as a diagnostic as well as therapeutic modality in select patients of pancreaticopleural fistula while magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography is the radiological investigation of choice. Besides delineating the ductal anatomy, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography can help stratify patients for appropriate management. A near normal or mildly dilated pancreatic duct responds well to chest drainage with octreotide while endoscopic stent placement benefits patients with duct disruption located in head or body of pancreas. Failure of medical or endoscopic therapy calls in for surgical intervention. Besides, a primary surgical management may be tried in patients with complete ductal obstruction, ductal disruption in tail or ductal obstruction proximal to fistula site.

  2. Successful closure of gastrocutaneous fistulas using the Surgisis® anal fistula plug

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    Kasem, H

    2014-01-01

    cases has there been fistula recurrence (range of follow-up duration: 30–59 months). Conclusions Surgisis® anal fistula plugs can be used safely and effectively to close gastrocutaneous fistulas in a minimally invasive manner in patients unfit for surgical intervention. PMID:24780017

  3. Successful closure of gastrocutaneous fistulas using the Surgisis(®) anal fistula plug.

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    Darrien, J H; Kasem, H

    2014-05-01

    fistula recurrence (range of follow-up duration: 30-59 months). Surgisis(®) anal fistula plugs can be used safely and effectively to close gastrocutaneous fistulas in a minimally invasive manner in patients unfit for surgical intervention.

  4. [Congenital preauricular fistula infection: a histopathology observation].

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    Hua, Na; Wei, Lai; Jiang, Tao; Guo, Ying; Wang, Meiyi; Wang, Zhiqiang

    2014-08-01

    To investigate the pathology characteristics of congenital preauricular fistula with infection, in order to reduce the recurrence rate after surgery and improve operative technique. Twenty-five patients diagnosed as congenital preauricular fistula with infection were analyzed. There were 14 patients in infection history group, 9 in infective stage group, and 2 in recurrence group respectively. The whole piece of fistula and scar tissue was completely excised during operation. The specimens were observed by naked eye and serial tissue sections were analyzed. (1) Macroscopically, in infection history group, initial morphology can be maintained near the fistula orifice, but the distal tissue was dark red scar tissue. In infective stage group, the distal tissue of the specimens was granulation tissue and cicatricial tissue. The granulation tissue was crisp and bright red. In recurrence group, multicystic lesions with severe edema was observed, with a classical dumb-bell appearence. (2) Microscopically, in infection history group and recurrence group, we can see that the distal fistula tissue was discontinuous and was separated by scar tissue. In infective stage group, we can find neo-angiogenesis and infiltration of plasma cells, lymphocytes, neutrophil between interrupted fistula tissues. (3) All patients were followed up for 6-12 month, without recurrence. The fistula tissue of congenital preauricular fistula with infection was divided by the scar tissue, and they did not communicate with each other. Complete delineation of fistula is hardly achieved by methylene blue staining. Radical excision of the fistula and scar tissue may help to avoid leaving viable squamous epithelial remnants and reduce the recurrence rate.

  5. Esophageal aerodynamics in an idealized experimental model of tracheoesophageal speech

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    Erath, Byron D.; Hemsing, Frank S.

    2016-03-01

    Flow behavior is investigated in the esophageal tract in an idealized experimental model of tracheoesophageal speech. The tracheoesophageal prosthesis is idealized as a first-order approximation using a straight, constant diameter tube. The flow is scaled according to Reynolds, Strouhal, and Euler numbers to ensure dynamic similarity. Flow pulsatility is produced by a driven orifice that approximates the kinematics of the pharyngoesophageal segment during tracheoesophageal speech. Particle image velocimetry data are acquired in three orthogonal planes as the flow exits the model prosthesis and enters the esophageal tract. Contrary to prior investigations performed in steady flow with the prosthesis oriented in-line with the flow direction, the fluid dynamics are shown to be highly unsteady, suggesting that the esophageal pressure field will be similarly complex. A large vortex ring is formed at the inception of each phonatory cycle, followed by the formation of a persistent jet. This vortex ring appears to remain throughout the entire cycle due to the continued production of vorticity resulting from entrainment between the prosthesis jet and the curved esophageal walls. Mean flow in the axial direction of the esophagus produces significant stretching of the vortex throughout the phonatory cycle. The stagnation point created by the jet impinging on the esophageal wall varies throughout the cycle due to fluctuations in the jet trajectory, which most likely arises due to flow separation within the model prosthesis. Applications to tracheoesophageal speech, including shortcomings of the model and proposed future plans, are discussed.

  6. Management of fistula-in-ano: an introduction.

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    El-Tawil, Am

    2011-07-28

    Peri-anal fistulae are a worldwide health problem that can affect any person anywhere. Surgical management of these fistulae is not free from risks. Recurrence and fecal incontinence are the most common complications after surgery. The cumulative personal surgical experience in managing cases with anal fistulae is significantly considered as necessary for obtaining better results with minimal adverse effects after surgery. The purpose for conducting this survey is to facilitate better outcome after surgical interventions in idiopathic anal fistulae' cases.

  7. [Surgical treatment of anal fistula].

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    Zeng, Xiandong; Zhang, Yong

    2014-12-01

    Anal fistula is a common disease. It is also quite difficult to be solved without recurrence or damage to the anal sphincter. Several techniques have been described for the management of anal fistula, but there is no final conclusion of their application in the treatment. This article summarizes the history of anal fistula management, the current techniques available, and describes new technologies. Internet online searches were performed from the CNKI and Wanfang databases to identify articles about anal fistula management including seton, fistulotomy, fistulectomy, LIFT operation, biomaterial treatment and new technology application. Every fistula surgery technique has its own place, so it is reasonable to give comprehensive individualized treatment to different patients, which may lead to reduced recurrence and avoidance of damage to the anal sphincter. New technologies provide promising alternatives to traditional methods of management. Surgeons still need to focus on the invention and improvement of the minimally invasive techniques. Besides, a new therapeutic idea is worth to explore that the focus of surgical treatment should be transferred to prevention of the formation of anal fistula after perianal abscess.

  8. New Techniques for Treating an Anal Fistula

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    2012-01-01

    Surgery for an anal fistula may result in recurrence or impairment of continence. The ideal treatment for an anal fistula should be associated with low recurrence rates, minimal incontinence and good quality of life. Because of the risk of a change in continence with conventional techniques, sphincter-preserving techniques for the management complex anal fistulae have been evaluated. First, the anal fistula plug is made of lyophilized porcine intestinal submucosa. The anal fistula plug is expected to provide a collagen scaffold to promote tissue in growth and fistula healing. Another addition to the sphincter-preserving options is the ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract procedure. This technique is based on the concept of secure closure of the internal opening and concomitant removal of infected cryptoglandular tissue in the intersphincteric plane. Recently, cell therapy for an anal fistula has been described. Adipose-derived stem cells have two biologic properties, namely, ability to suppress inflammation and differentiation potential. These properties are useful for the regeneration or the repair of damaged tissues. This article discusses the rationales for, the estimated efficacies of, and the limitations of new sphincter-preserving techniques for the treatment of anal fistulae. PMID:22413076

  9. New techniques for treating an anal fistula.

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    Song, Kee Ho

    2012-02-01

    Surgery for an anal fistula may result in recurrence or impairment of continence. The ideal treatment for an anal fistula should be associated with low recurrence rates, minimal incontinence and good quality of life. Because of the risk of a change in continence with conventional techniques, sphincter-preserving techniques for the management complex anal fistulae have been evaluated. First, the anal fistula plug is made of lyophilized porcine intestinal submucosa. The anal fistula plug is expected to provide a collagen scaffold to promote tissue in growth and fistula healing. Another addition to the sphincter-preserving options is the ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract procedure. This technique is based on the concept of secure closure of the internal opening and concomitant removal of infected cryptoglandular tissue in the intersphincteric plane. Recently, cell therapy for an anal fistula has been described. Adipose-derived stem cells have two biologic properties, namely, ability to suppress inflammation and differentiation potential. These properties are useful for the regeneration or the repair of damaged tissues. This article discusses the rationales for, the estimated efficacies of, and the limitations of new sphincter-preserving techniques for the treatment of anal fistulae.

  10. Treating anal fistula with the anal fistula plug: case series report of 12 patients.

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    Saba, Reza Bagherzadeh; Tizmaghz, Adnan; Ajeka, Somar; Karami, Mehdi

    2016-04-01

    Recurrent and complex high fistulas remain a surgical challenge. This paper reports our experience with the anal fistula plug in patients with complex fistulas. Data were collected prospectively and analyzed from consecutive patients undergoing insertion of a fistula plug from January 2011 through April 2014 at Hazrat-e-Rasoul Hospital in Tehran. We ensured that sepsis had been eradicated in all patients prior to placement of the plug. During surgery, a conical shaped collagen plug was pulled through the fistula tract. Twelve patients were included in this case study. All patients had previously undergone failed surgical therapy to cure their fistula and had previously-placed Setons. There were eight males and four females with an average age of 44 who were treated for complex fistulas. At a median time of follow-up of 22.7 months, 10 of the 12 patients had healed (83.3%). One patient developed an abscess that was noted on the sixth postoperative day, and there was one recurrence during follow-up. Fistula plugs are effective for the long-term closure of complex anal fistulas. Success of treatment with the fistula plug depends on the eradication of sepsis prior to plug placement.

  11. Treating anal fistula with the anal fistula plug: case series report of 12 patients

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    Saba, Reza Bagherzadeh; Tizmaghz, Adnan; Ajeka, Somar; Karami, Mehdi

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Recurrent and complex high fistulas remain a surgical challenge. This paper reports our experience with the anal fistula plug in patients with complex fistulas. Methods Data were collected prospectively and analyzed from consecutive patients undergoing insertion of a fistula plug from January 2011 through April 2014 at Hazrat-e-Rasoul Hospital in Tehran. We ensured that sepsis had been eradicated in all patients prior to placement of the plug. During surgery, a conical shaped collagen plug was pulled through the fistula tract. Results Twelve patients were included in this case study. All patients had previously undergone failed surgical therapy to cure their fistula and had previously-placed Setons. There were eight males and four females with an average age of 44 who were treated for complex fistulas. At a median time of follow-up of 22.7 months, 10 of the 12 patients had healed (83.3%). One patient developed an abscess that was noted on the sixth postoperative day, and there was one recurrence during follow-up. Conclusions Fistula plugs are effective for the long-term closure of complex anal fistulas. Success of treatment with the fistula plug depends on the eradication of sepsis prior to plug placement. PMID:27280009

  12. Colovesical Fistula After Renal Transplantation: Case Report.

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    Imafuku, A; Tanaka, K; Marui, Y; Sawa, N; Ubara, Y; Takaichi, K; Ishii, Y; Tomikawa, S

    2015-09-01

    Colovesical fistula is a relatively rare condition that is primarily related to diverticular disease. There are few reports of colovesical fistula after renal transplantation. We report of a 53-year-old man who was diagnosed with colovesical fistula after recurrent urinary tract infection, 5 months after undergoing cadaveric renal transplantation. Laparoscopic partial resection of the sigmoid colon with the use of the Hartmann procedure was performed. Six months after that surgery, there was no evidence of recurrent urinary tract infection and the patient's renal graft function was preserved. Physicians should keep colovesical fistula in mind as a cause of recurrent urinary tract infection in renal transplant recipients, especially in those with a history of diverticular disease.

  13. German S3-Guideline: Rectovaginal fistula

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    Ommer, Andreas; Herold, Alexander; Berg, Eugen; Fürst, Alois; Schiedeck, Thomas; Sailer, Marco

    2012-01-01

    Background: Rectovaginal fistulas are rare, and the majority is of traumatic origin. The most common causes are obstetric trauma, local infection, and rectal surgery. This guideline does not cover rectovaginal fistulas that are caused by chronic inflammatory bowel disease. Methods: A systematic review of the literature was undertaken. Results: Rectovaginal fistula is diagnosed on the basis of the patient history and the clinical examination. Other pathologies should be ruled out by endoscopy, endosonography or tomography. The assessment of sphincter function is valuable for surgical planning (potential simultaneous sphincter reconstruction). Persistent rectovaginal fistulas generally require surgical treatment. Various surgical procedures have been described. The most common procedure involves a transrectal approach with endorectal suture. The transperineal approach is primarily used in case of simultaneous sphincter reconstruction. In recurrent fistulas. Closure can be achieved by the interposition of autologous tissue (Martius flap, gracilis muscle) or biologically degradable materials. In higher fistulas, abdominal approaches are used as well. Stoma creation is more frequently required in rectovaginal fistulas than in anal fistulas. The decision regarding stoma creation should be primarily based on the extent of the local defect and the resulting burden on the patient. Conclusion: In this clinical S3-Guideline, instructions for diagnosis and treatment of rectovaginal fistulas are described for the first time in Germany. Given the low evidence level, this guideline is to be considered of descriptive character only. Recommendations for diagnostics and treatment are primarily based the clinical experience of the guideline group and cannot be fully supported by the literature. PMID:23255878

  14. Rectovaginal Fistula

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    ... cause. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This test creates images of soft tissues in your body. MRI can show the location of a fistula, whether other pelvic organs are involved or whether you have a tumor. ... waves to produce a video image of your anus and rectum. Your doctor inserts ...

  15. Perilymph Fistula

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    ... to the head or in some cases a "whiplash" injury. Other common causes include ear trauma, objects perforating the eardrum, or “ear block” on descent of an airplane or SCUBA diving. Fistulas may also develop after rapid increases in intracranial pressure, such as may ...

  16. Nephrocutaneous fistula.

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    Charles, J C

    1990-08-01

    The author presents a case of spontaneous nephrocutaneous fistula associated with a complete staghorn calculus in a nonfunctioning kidney. A renal scan, an intravenous pyelogram, and a right retrograde pyelogram confirmed the need for a nephrectomy. The procedure and results are described here.

  17. Nephrocutaneous fistula.

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    Charles, J. C.

    1990-01-01

    The author presents a case of spontaneous nephrocutaneous fistula associated with a complete staghorn calculus in a nonfunctioning kidney. A renal scan, an intravenous pyelogram, and a right retrograde pyelogram confirmed the need for a nephrectomy. The procedure and results are described here. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 PMID:2395179

  18. Anal fistula. Past and present.

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    Zubaidi, Ahmad M

    2014-09-01

    Anal fistula is a common benign condition that typically describes a miscommunication between the anorectum and the perianal skin, which may present de novo, or develop after acute anorectal abscess. Athough anal fistulae are benign, the condition can still negatively influence a patient's quality of life by causing minor pain, social hygienic embarrassment, and in severe cases, frank sepsis. Despite its long history and prevalence, anal fistula management remains one of the most challenging and controversial topics in colorectal surgery today. The end goals of treatment include draining the local infection, eradicating the fistulous tract, and minimizing recurrence and incontinence rates. The goal of this review is to ensure surgeons and physicians are aware of the different imaging and treatment choices available, and to report expected outcomes of the various surgical modalities so they may select the most suitable treatment. 

  19. Viscous Flow Structures Downstream of a Model Tracheoesophageal Prosthesis

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    Hemsing, Frank; Erath, Byron

    2013-11-01

    In tracheoesophageal speech (TES), the glottis is replaced by the tissue of the pharyngeoesophageal segment (PES) as the vibrating element of speech production. During TES air is forced from the lungs into the esophagus via a prosthetic tube that connects the trachea with the esophagus. Air moving up the esophagus incites self-sustained oscillations of the surgically created PES, generating sound analogous to voiced speech. Despite the ubiquity with which TES is employed as a method for restoring speech to laryngectomees, the effect of viscous flow structures on voice production in TES is not well understood. Of particular interest is the flow exiting the prosthetic connection between the trachea and esophagus, because of its influence on the total pressure loss (i.e. effort required to produce speech), and the fluid-structure energy exchange that drives the PES. Understanding this flow behavior can inform prosthesis design to enhance beneficial flow structures and mitigate the need for adjustment of prosthesis placement. This study employs a physical model of the tracheoesophageal geometry to investigate the flow structures that arise in TES. The geometry of this region is modeled at three times physiological scale using water as the working fluid to obtain nondimensional numbers matching flow in TES. Modulation of the flow is achieved with a computer controlled gate valve at a scaled frequency of 0.22 Hz to mimic the oscillations of the PES. Particle image velocimetry is used to resolve flow characteristics at the tracheoesophageal prosthesis. Data are acquired for three cases of prosthesis insertion angle.

  20. Outcomes of Rectovaginal Fistula Repair.

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    Byrnes, Jenifer N; Schmitt, Jennifer J; Faustich, Benjamin M; Mara, Kristin C; Weaver, Amy L; Chua, Heidi K; Occhino, John A

    Rectovaginal fistulae (RVF) often represent surgical challenges, and treatment must be individualized. We describe outcomes after primary surgical repair stratified by fistula etiology and surgical approach. This retrospective cohort study included women who underwent surgical management of RVF at a tertiary care center between July 1, 2001 and December 31, 2013. Cases were stratified according to the following etiology: cancer (RVF-C), inflammatory bowel disease or infectious (RVF-I), and other (RVF-O). Patients with prior surgical treatment of RVF were excluded. Surgical approaches included local (seton, plug), transvaginal or endorectal, abdominal, diversion alone, or definitive (completion proctocolectomy with permanent colostomy or pelvic exenteration). Recurrence-free survival was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method, and comparisons between subgroups were evaluated based on fitting Cox proportional hazards models. Censoring occurred at last relevant clinical follow-up. Factors contributing to recurrence-free survival were evaluated including age, body mass index, smoking status, fistula etiology, ileostomy, and surgical approach. During the study period, 107 women underwent surgical repair of RVF. The most common fistula etiology was RVF-I (54.2%), followed by RVF-O (23.4%), and RVF-C (22.4%). Ninety-four women underwent fistula repair by the local (29.9%), transvaginal/endorectal (25.2%), abdominal approach (19.6%), or diversion alone (13.1%), whereas 13 underwent definitive surgery (12.2%). Recurrence-free survival was significantly different depending on surgical approach (P < 0.001), but not etiology (P = 0.71). Recurrence-free survival (95% confidence interval) at 1 year after surgery was 35.2% (21.8%-56.9%) for the local approach, 55.6% (37.0%-83.3%) for the transvaginal or endorectal approach, 95% (85.9%-100%) for the abdominal approach, and 33.3% (15%-74.2%) for those with diversion only. Recurrence rates after RVF repair are high and did not

  1. Anal fistula: intraoperative difficulties and unexpected findings.

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    Abou-Zeid, Ahmed A

    2011-07-28

    Anal fistula surgery is a commonly performed procedure. The diverse anatomy of anal fistulae and their proximity to anal sphincters make accurate preoperative diagnosis essential to avoid recurrence and fecal incontinence. Despite the fact that proper preoperative diagnosis can be reached in the majority of patients by simple clinical examination, endoanal ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging, on many occasions, unexpected findings can be encountered during surgery that can make the operation difficult and correct decision-making crucial. In this article we discuss the difficulties and unexpected findings that can be encountered during anal fistula surgery and how to overcome them.

  2. Anal fistula: Intraoperative difficulties and unexpected findings

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    Abou-Zeid, Ahmed A

    2011-01-01

    Anal fistula surgery is a commonly performed procedure. The diverse anatomy of anal fistulae and their proximity to anal sphincters make accurate preoperative diagnosis essential to avoid recurrence and fecal incontinence. Despite the fact that proper preoperative diagnosis can be reached in the majority of patients by simple clinical examination, endoanal ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging, on many occasions, unexpected findings can be encountered during surgery that can make the operation difficult and correct decision-making crucial. In this article we discuss the difficulties and unexpected findings that can be encountered during anal fistula surgery and how to overcome them. PMID:21876613

  3. Intelligibility of stops and fricatives in tracheoesophageal speech.

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    Searl, J P; Carpenter, M A; Banta, C L

    2001-01-01

    Listener accuracy in identifying voiced and voiceless stops and fricatives in tracheoesophageal (TE) and laryngeal speech were compared. Sixteen TE and ten laryngeal speakers produced ten phonemes embedded in a nonsense word in a carrier phrase. Four experienced listeners phonetically transcribed the experimental phonemes. As expected, perceptual error rates were higher for the TE samples for all comparisons completed. The dominant error for laryngeal samples was a misperception of manner of production. The dominant error for TE samples was a perception of voiced for voiceless phonemes. Such voicing misperceptions occurred more frequently for fricatives than stops. Previous studies have implicated the vibratory characteristics of the pharyngoesophageal (PE) segment for the voicing errors in TE speech. However, PE features would not fully explain why stops were less affected than fricatives and why the expected error was reversed for two TE phonemes (perceptions of voiceless for voiced consonants). (1) As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to identify the most common listener misperceptions of tracheoesophageal speech. (2) As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to discuss possible reasons for the predominant error that occurs.

  4. Gastrocolic Fistula

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    Casey, Joseph; Lorenzo, Gabriel

    1986-01-01

    Peptic ulcer disease is a less common cause of gastrocolic fistula than either carcinoma of the stomach or colon. However, use of steroids or aspirin appear to make this a more common complication of benign disease. The typical symptoms are pain, diarrhea, weight loss, foul eructation, and feculent vomiting. The most accurate method of diagnosis is with barium enema. The treatment is surgical. PMID:3712471

  5. Perilymph fistulae.

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    Dawes, J D; Watson, R T

    1979-08-01

    A small series of 14 post-stapedectomy fistulae illustrates the varied aetiology. The long-term competence of the oval window seal may be ensured by making a small hole in the footplate. Contraction of ageing fibrous tissue contributes to late stapedectomy failures. Long-term follow-up is important, for any deterioration in hearing after stapedectomy may result from a perilymph leak.

  6. [Evolution aspect of anatomy clinical lesions of urogenital fistula (UGF) in Cocody Teaching Hospital urological unity from 1990 to 2011].

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    Konan, P G; Dekou, A H; Gowé, E E; Vodi, C C; Fofana, A; Kramo, N; Diomandé, F A; Nigue, L; Ouegnin, G A; Manzan, K

    2015-06-01

    The aim of this study is to compare anatomy pathological lesions seeing in urogenital fistula in Cocody Teaching Hospital between two decades, 1990 to 2000 and 2000 to 2010. This survey is retrospective and carries on 20 years (January 1990 to December 2011) 190 urogenital fistulas (140 cases between 1990 and 1999; 50 from 2000 to 2011) hospitalized in our unity. Anatomy clinical characteristics of these fistulas were determined by clinical or paraclinical examination. Between 1990 and 1999, fistulas were classified in 20 bladder-uterine fistulas (14.29%), 16 uretro-vaginal fistulas (11.43%) and 104 bladder-vaginal fistulas (74.29%) of whom 80 isolated UGFs and 24 UGFs associated with recto-vaginal fistula. These 104 UGFs were located at: bladder neck 22 cases (21.15%), bladder trigonal 46 cases (44.23%), urethra 14 cases (13.46%). Twenty-two bladder sphincter were destroyed and represented 21.15% of fistula's bladder-vaginal fistula and 15.71% of all UGFs. The average fistula diameter was 3 cm [extremes: 1 and 12 cm]. In 22 cases (15.71%), fistula diameter was more than 10 cm. It was bladder neck and sphincter destruction. Hundred and twenty-six fistulas were isolated (90%). Only 10% (14 cases) were associated. Fistulas were primitive in 85.71% of cases (120/140), recurrent in 7 cases (7.86%) and multi-recurrent (>3 reinterventions) in 9 cases (6.43%). From 2001 to 2011, no bladder-uterine fistulas were seen, but: 6 (13.95%) isolated uretero-vaginal fistulas and 6 (13.95%) uretero-vaginal fistulas associated with bladder-vaginal fistula, 31 (62%) bladder-vaginal fistulas of whom 20 (64.52%) bladder trigonal fistulas, 6 (19.34%) retro-trigonal fistulas and 2 (6.45%) urethral fistulas. Only three (9,68%) recto-vaginal fistulas were associated. The average fistula diameter was 2 cm. The fistulas were isolated in 40 cases (80%) and associated (VVF+uretero vaginal F) in 10 cases (20%). Thirty-five cases (70%) were primitive and 10 cases (20%) recurrent of whom 5 (10

  7. Infantile Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis in Postoperative Esophageal Atresia with Tracheoesophageal Fistula.

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    R A A, Hassan; Y U, Choo; R, Noraida; I, Rosida

    2015-01-01

    Development of infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis during postoperative period in EA with TEF is rare. Postoperative vomiting or feeding intolerance in EA is more common which is due to esophageal stricture, gastroesophageal reflux and esophageal dysmotility. A typical case of IHPS also presents with non-bilious projectile vomiting at around 3-4 weeks of life. The diagnosis of infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis in this subset is usually delayed because of its rarity. We report a case of IHPS in postoperative EA and emphasize on high index of suspicion to avoid any delay in diagnosis with its metabolic consequences.

  8. Feeding Problems and Their Underlying Mechanisms in the Esophageal Atresia–Tracheoesophageal Fistula Patient

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    Mahoney, Lisa; Rosen, Rachel

    2017-01-01

    Feeding difficulties such as dysphagia, coughing, choking, or vomiting during meals, slow eating, oral aversion, food refusal, and stressful mealtimes are common in children with repaired esophageal atresia (EA) and the reasons for this are often multifactorial. The aim of this review is to describe the possible underlying mechanisms contributing to feeding difficulties in patients with EA and approaches to management. Underlying mechanisms for these feeding difficulties include esophageal dysphagia, oropharyngeal dysphagia and aspiration, and aversions related to prolonged gastrostomy tube feeding. The initial diagnostic evaluation for feeding difficulties in a patient with EA may involve an esophagram, videofluoroscopic imaging or fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation during swallowing, upper endoscopy with biopsies, pH-impedance testing, and/or esophageal motility studies. The main goal of management is to reduce the factors contributing to feeding difficulties and may include reducing esophageal stasis, maximizing reflux therapies, treating underlying lung disease, dilating strictures, and altering feeding methods, routes, or schedules. PMID:28620597

  9. Validation of measures from a thoracoscopic esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula repair simulator.

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    Barsness, Katherine A; Rooney, Deborah M; Davis, Lauren M; Chin, Anthony C

    2014-01-01

    A validated high fidelity simulation model would provide a safe environment to teach thoracoscopic EA/TEF repair to novices. The study purpose was to evaluate validity evidence for performance measures on an EA/TEF simulator. IRB-exempt data were collected from 12 self-reported "novice" and 8 "experienced" pediatric surgeons. Participants evaluated the EA/TEF repair simulator using survey ratings that were analyzed for test content validity evidence. Additionally, deidentified operative performances were videotaped and independently rated by two surgeons using the Objective Structured Assessment for Technical Skills (OSATS) instrument. Novice and experienced OSATS were compared with p<.05 significant. Participants had high overall simulator ratings. Internal structure was supported by high interitem consistency (α=.95 and .96) and interrater agreement (ICC) [.52, .84] for OSATS ratings. Experienced surgeons performed at a significantly higher level than novices for all five primary and two supplemental OSATS items (p<.05). Favorable participant ratings indicate the simulator is relevant to clinical practice and valuable as a learning tool. Further, performance ratings can discriminate experienced and novice performances of EA/TEF repair. These findings support the use of the simulator for performance assessment, representing the first validated measures from a simulator intended for pediatric surgical training. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Video-assisted anal fistula treatment: a new concept of treating anal fistulas.

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    Meinero, Piercarlo; Mori, Lorenzo; Gasloli, Giorgio

    2014-03-01

    The surgical treatment of complex anal fistulas is very challenging because of the incidence of incontinence and recurrence after traditional approaches. Video-assisted anal fistula treatment is a novel endoscopic sphincter-saving technique. The aim of this article is to evaluate the results of treating complex anal fistulas from the inside and to focus on the rationale and the advantages of this innovative approach. This is a retrospective observational study. The study was conducted at a tertiary care public hospital in Italy. From February 2006 to February 2012, video-assisted anal fistula treatment was performed on 203 patients (124 men and 79 women; median age, 42 years; range, 21-77 years) who had complex anal fistulas. One hundred forty-nine had undergone previous anal fistula surgery. Video-assisted anal fistula treatment has 2 phases: diagnostic and operative. The fistuloscope is introduced through the external opening to identify the main tract, possible secondary tracts or abscess cavities, and the internal opening. With the use of an electrode, the fistula and its branches are destroyed under direct vision and cleaned. The internal opening is closed by a stapler or a flap. Half a milliliter of synthetic cyanoacrylate is used for suture reinforcement. Successful healing of the fistula was assessed with clinical evaluation. Continence was evaluated by using patient self-reports of the presence/absence of postdefecation soiling. Follow-up was at 2, 4, 6, 12, and 24 months. The 6-month cumulative probability of freedom from fistula estimated according to a Kaplan-Meier analysis is 70% (95%CI, 64%-76%). No major complications occurred. No patients reported a reduction in their postoperative continence score. The limitations of this study included potential single-institution bias, lack of anorectal manometry, and potential selection bias. Video-assisted anal fistula treatment is effective and safe for the treatment of fistula-in-ano.

  11. Ileocolic Arteriovenous Fistula with Superior Mesenteric Vein Aneurism: Endovascular Treatment

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    Gregorio, Miguel Angel de; Gimeno, Maria Jose; Medrano, Joaquin; Schoenholz, Caudio; Rodriguez, Juan; D'Agostino, Horacio

    2004-09-15

    We report a case of a venous aneurysm secondary to an acquired ileocolic arteriovenous fistula in a 64-year-old woman with recurrent abdominal pain and history of appendectomy. The aneurysm was diagnosed by ultrasound and computed tomography. Angiography showed an arteriovenous fistula between ileocolic branches of the superior mesenteric artery and vein. This vascular abnormality was successfully treated with coil embolization.

  12. Recurrent incisional hernia, enterocutaneous fistula and loss of the substance of the abdominal wall: plastic with organic prosthesis, skin graft and VAC therapy. Clinical case.

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    Nicodemi, Sara; Corelli, Sergio; Sacchi, Marco; Ricciardi, Edoardo; Costantino, Annarita; Di Legge, Pietro; Ceci, Francesco; Cipriani, Benedetta; Martellucci, Annunziata; Santilli, Mario; Orsini, Silvia; Tudisco, Antonella; Stagnitti, Franco

    2015-01-01

    Surgical wounds dehiscence is a serious post-operatory complication, with an incidence between 0.4% and 3.5%. Mortality is more than 45%. Complex wounds treatment may require a multidisciplinary management. VAC Therapy could be an alternative treatment regarding complex wound. VAC therapy has been recently introduced on skin's graft tissue management reducing skin graft rejection. The use of biological prosthesis has been tested in a contaminated field, better than synthetic meshes, which often need to be removed. The Permacol is more resistant to degradation by proteases due to its cross-links. Surgery is still considered the best treatment for digestive fistula. A 58 years old obese woman come to our attention, she was operated for an abdominal hernia. She had a post-operatory entero-cutaneous fistula. She was submitted to bowel resection, the anastomosis has been tailored and the hernia of the abdominal wall has been repaired with biological mesh for managing such condition. She had a wound dehiscence with loss of substance and the exposure of the biological prosthesis, nearly 20 cm diameter. She was treated first with antibiotic therapy and simple medications. In addiction, antibiotic therapy was necessary late associated to 7 months with advanced medications allowed a small reduction's defect. Because of its, treatment went on for two more months using VAC therapy. Antibiotic's therapy was finally suspended. The VAC therapy allowed the reduction of the gap, between skin and subcutaneous tissue, and the defect's size preparing a suitable ground for the skin graft. The graft, managed with the vac therapy, was necessary to complete the healing process.

  13. Progressive versus Nonprogressive Intracranial Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas: Characteristics and Outcomes.

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    Hetts, S W; Tsai, T; Cooke, D L; Amans, M R; Settecase, F; Moftakhar, P; Dowd, C F; Higashida, R T; Lawton, M T; Halbach, V V

    2015-10-01

    A minority of intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulas progress with time. We sought to determine features that predict progression and define outcomes of patients with progressive dural arteriovenous fistulas. We performed a retrospective imaging and clinical record review of patients with intracranial dural arteriovenous fistula evaluated at our hospital. Of 579 patients with intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulas, 545 had 1 fistula (mean age, 45 ± 23 years) and 34 (5.9%) had enlarging, de novo, multiple, or recurrent fistulas (mean age, 53 ± 20 years; P = .11). Among these 34 patients, 19 had progressive dural arteriovenous fistulas with de novo fistulas or fistula enlargement with time (mean age, 36 ± 25 years; progressive group) and 15 had multiple or recurrent but nonprogressive fistulas (mean age, 57 ± 13 years; P = .0059, nonprogressive group). Whereas all 6 children had fistula progression, only 13/28 adults (P = .020) progressed. Angioarchitectural correlates to chronically elevated intracranial venous pressures, including venous sinus dilation (41% versus 7%, P = .045) and pseudophlebitic cortical venous pattern (P = .048), were more common in patients with progressive disease than in those without progression. Patients with progressive disease received more treatments than those without progression (median, 5 versus 3; P = .0068), but as a group, they did not demonstrate worse clinical outcomes (median mRS, 1 and 1; P = .39). However, 3 young patients died from intracranial venous hypertension and intracranial hemorrhage related to progression of their fistulas despite extensive endovascular, surgical, and radiosurgical treatments. Few patients with dural arteriovenous fistulas follow an aggressive, progressive clinical course despite treatment. Younger age at initial presentation and angioarchitectural correlates to venous hypertension may help identify these patients prospectively. © 2015 by American Journal of Neuroradiology.

  14. Primary tracheoesophageal puncture and cricopharyngeal myotomy in stapler-assisted total laryngectomy.

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    Beswick, D M; Damrose, E J

    2016-07-01

    To evaluate the utility of the hybrid tracheoesophageal puncture procedure in stapler-assisted laryngectomy. Patients who underwent total laryngectomy at a single institution from 2009 to 2015 were reviewed. The interventions assessed were surgical creation of a tracheoesophageal puncture and placement of a voice prosthesis. The outcomes measured included voicing ability and valve failure. Thirty-nine patients underwent total laryngectomy or pharyngolaryngectomy. Of these, nine underwent stapler-assisted laryngectomy; seven of the nine patients underwent concurrent stapler-assisted laryngectomy, cricopharyngeal myotomy and a hybrid tracheoesophageal puncture procedure. These seven patients were the focus of this review. Successful voicing and oral alimentation was achieved in all patients. Mean time to phonation was 30 days (range, 7-77 days) and mean time to first valve change was 90 days (range, 35-117 days). Primary tracheoesophageal puncture with concurrent voice prosthesis placement and cricopharyngeal myotomy is easily performed with stapler-assisted laryngectomy. The hybrid tracheoesophageal puncture procedure is a simple method that enables a single operator to achieve primary tracheoesophageal puncture and valve placement; in addition, it facilitates concurrent cricopharyngeal myotomy.

  15. Iliac arterial-enteric fistulas occurring after pelvic irradiation

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    Vetto, J.T.; Culp, S.C.; Smythe, T.B.; Chang, A.E.; Sindelar, W.F.; Sugarbaker, P.H.; Heit, H.A.; Giordano, J.M.; Kozloff, L.

    1987-05-01

    Fistulas from the iliac artery to the bowel constitute a condition that is often lethal. Excluding fistulas related to vascular grafts, a review of previously reported cases shows that they are most often due to atherosclerotic iliac aneurysms. Three unusual cases of this condition that occurred after high-dose pelvic irradiation for treatment of cancer are presented; in no case was recurrent tumor evident. These cases suggest that high-dose pelvic irradiation can predispose to the formation of iliac arterial-enteric fistulas, particularly if sepsis or inflammation develops. The definitive surgical management of these fistulas entails bowel resection, arterial ligation, and extra-anatomic bypass.

  16. Our Experience with MR Imaging of Perianal Fistulas

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    Baskan, Ozdil; Koplay, Mustafa; Sivri, Mesut; Erol, Cengiz

    2014-01-01

    Summary Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) depicts infectious foci in the perianal region better than any other imaging modality. MRI allows definition of the fistula, associated abscess formation and its secondary extensions. Accurate information is necessary for surgical treatment and to obtain a decrease in the incidence of recurrence and complications. Radiologists should be familiar with anatomical and pathological findings of perianal fistulas and classify them using the MRI – based grading system. The purpose of this article was to provide an overview for evaluation of perianal fistulas, examples of various fistula types and their classification. PMID:25550766

  17. Modification of the LaryButton for Tracheoesophageal Speech

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    Lewin, Jan S.; Montgomery, Patti C.; Hutcheson, Katherine A.; Chambers, Mark S.

    2014-01-01

    Tracheoesophageal (TE) speech using a voice prosthesis and hands-free speaking valve with intraluminal attachment is the gold standard for voice restoration after total laryngectomy. Modification of a standard self-retaining silicone cannula or button often aids in the attachment of a speaking valve within the tracheal lumen for hands-free TE speech production. An increased number of laryngectomized individuals are able to achieve hands-free TE speech when the standard length, flange, and diameter of a silicone button is customized to accommodate individual tracheostomal contours. A technique is presented for modification of a standard silicone button, the LaryButton, to facilitate hands-free TE speech after total laryngectomy. PMID:19853175

  18. Reference-free automatic quality assessment of tracheoesophageal speech.

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    Huang, Andy; Falk, Tiago H; Chan, Wai-Yip; Parsa, Vijay; Doyle, Philip

    2009-01-01

    Evaluation of the quality of tracheoesophageal (TE) speech using machines instead of human experts can enhance the voice rehabilitation process for patients who have undergone total laryngectomy and voice restoration. Towards the goal of devising a reference-free TE speech quality estimation algorithm, we investigate the efficacy of speech signal features that are used in standard telephone-speech quality assessment algorithms, in conjunction with a recently introduced speech modulation spectrum measure. Tests performed on two TE speech databases demonstrate that the modulation spectral measure and a subset of features in the standard ITU-T P.563 algorithm estimate TE speech quality with better correlation (up to 0.9) than previously proposed features.

  19. Enterovesical Fistulae: Aetiology, Imaging, and Management

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    Golabek, Tomasz; Szymanska, Anna; Szopinski, Tomasz; Bukowczan, Jakub; Furmanek, Mariusz; Powroznik, Jan; Chlosta, Piotr

    2013-01-01

    Background and Study Objectives. Enterovesical fistula (EVF) is a devastating complication of a variety of inflammatory and neoplastic diseases. Radiological imaging plays a vital role in the diagnosis of EVF and is indispensable to gastroenterologists and surgeons for choosing the correct therapeutic option. This paper provides an overview of the diagnosis of enterovesical fistulae. The treatment of fistulae is also briefly discussed. Material and Methods. We performed a literature review by searching the Medline database for articles published from its inception until September 2013 based on clinical relevance. Electronic searches were limited to the keywords: “enterovesical fistula,” “colovesical fistula” (CVF), “pelvic fistula”, and “urinary fistula”. Results. EVF is a rare pathology. Diverticulitis is the commonest aetiology. Over two-thirds of affected patients describe pathognomonic features of pneumaturia, fecaluria, and recurrent urinary tract infections. Computed tomography is the modality of choice for the diagnosis of enterovesical fistulae as not only does it detect a fistula, but it also provides information about the surrounding anatomical structures. Conclusions. In the vast majority of cases, this condition is diagnosed because of unremitting urinary symptoms after gastroenterologist follow-up procedures for a diverticulitis or bowel inflammatory disease. Computed tomography is the most sensitive test for enterovesical fistula. PMID:24348538

  20. Physiology and prospects of bimanual tracheoesophageal brass instrument play.

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    Hilgers, F J M; Dirven, R; Jacobi, I; van den Brekel, M W M

    2015-06-01

    This study investigated whether trachea pressures during brass instrument play of laryngectomised patients are within the range of those measured during tracheoesophageal voicing, and whether application of an automatic speaking valve can 'free' both hands to play a brass instrument. Objective assessment of voicing and music playing parameters was carried out in 2 laryngectomised patients with a low-pressure indwelling voice-prosthesis able to play brass instruments (tenor horn and slide trombone): sound pressure levels in dB, maximum phonation time in seconds and trachea pressures in mmHg; videofluoroscopy, stroboscopy and digital high speed endoscopy to assess neoglottis vibration and opening. The dynamic range of the voice in the patients was 29 and 20 dB, and maximum phonation time was 22 and 19 sec, respectively; intratracheal pressures during voicing varied from 7 mmHg for the softest /a/ to 49 mmHg for the loudest /a/. For brass instrument play, the intratracheal pressures varied from 14 mmHg for the softest tone to 48 mmHg for the loudest tone. Imaging confirmed earlier findings that the neoglottis is closing and vibrating during voicing and remains 'open' without vibrations during music play, indicating good neoglottis control and innervation. From these objective measurements, we can conclude that trachea pressures during brass instrument play are within physiological ranges for tracheoesophageal voicing with a low-pressure indwelling voice-prosthesis. Furthermore, it was shown that application of a stable baseplate for retaining an automatic speaking valve and an additional customisable 'neck brace' makes bimanual play possible again.

  1. Incidental renocolic fistula with xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis

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    McDermott, R.L.; Dowling, C.M.; Alsinnawi, M.; Grainger, R.

    2012-01-01

    INTRODUCTION We report the case of a 66-year-old female undergoing elective nephrectomy for a non-functioning kidney in whom an incidental renocolic fistula was detected. PRESENTATION OF CASE She presented with recurrent urinary tract infections and left flank pain. Investigations revealed a nonfunctioning left kidney with a large staghorn calculus and features suggestive of xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis (XPG). At nephrectomy, an incidental renocolic fistula was found and excised. DISCUSSION XGP is a rare, chronic inflammatory disorder of the kidney characterized by a destructive mass invading the renal parenchyma. Renocolic fistulae complicating XGP are uncommon and not widely reported in the literature. CONCLUSION Herein, we describe a case of XGP with renocolic fistula formation, its management and a review of the literature. PMID:23291328

  2. Fistula plug versus conventional surgical treatment for anal fistulas. A system review and meta-analysis.

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    Pu, Yu-Wei; Xing, Chun-Gen; Khan, Imran; Zhao, Kui; Zhu, Bao-Song; Wu, Yong

    2012-09-01

    To evaluate the recurrence and fecal incontinence of anal fistula plug versus conventional surgical treatment for anal fistulas. This meta-analysis was carried out in the General Surgery Department of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. We searched the Medline, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library from June 2011 to April 2012. The literature searches were carried out using medical subject headings and free-text word: anal fistula, fibrin adhesive, fibrin sealant, and fistula plug. Two randomized controlled trials and 3 retrospective controlled studies were included. A total of 428 patients were included in our study. The recurrence rate was higher in those patients who accept fistula plug treatment (62.1% versus 47%) (p=0.004). Anal fistula plug has a moderate probability of success with little risk of incontinence, but the recurrence rate is significantly higher than the conventional surgical treatment. This treatment is minimally invasive, repeatable, and sphincter-sparing. This meta-analysis failed to find a statistically significant difference in incontinence rate between conservative treatment and conventional surgical treatment.

  3. Initial experience of treating anal fistula with the Surgisis anal fistula plug.

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    Chan, S; McCullough, J; Schizas, A; Vasas, P; Engledow, A; Windsor, A; Williams, A; Cohen, C R

    2012-06-01

    Complex anal fistulas remain a challenge for the colorectal surgeon. The anal fistula plug has been developed as a simple treatment for fistula-in-ano. We present and evaluate our experience with the Surgisis anal fistula plug from two centres. Data were prospectively collected and analysed from consecutive patients undergoing insertion of a fistula plug between January 2007 and October 2009. Fistula plugs were inserted according to a standard protocol. Data collected included patient demographics, fistula characteristics and postoperative outcome. Forty-four patients underwent insertion of 62 plugs (27 males, mean age 45.6 years), 25 of whom had prior fistula surgery. Mean follow-up was 10.5 months Twenty-two patients (50%) had successful healing following the insertion of plug with an overall success rate of 23 out of 62 plugs inserted (35%). Nineteen out of 29 patients healed following first-time plug placement, whereas repeated plug placement was successful in 3 out of 15 patients (20%; p = 0.0097). There was a statistically significant difference in the healing rate between patients who had one or less operations prior to plug insertion (i.e. simple fistulas) compared with patients who needed multiple operations (18 out of 24 patients vs. 4 out of 20 patients; p = 0.0007). Success of treatment with the Surgisis anal fistula plug relies on the eradication of sepsis prior to plug placement. Plugs inserted into simple tracts have a higher success rate, and recurrent insertion of plugs following previous plug failure is less likely to be successful. We suggest the fistula plug should remain a first-line treatment for primary surgery and simple tracts.

  4. Pancreaticopleural fistula: revisited.

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    Machado, Norman Oneil

    2012-01-01

    Pancreaticopleural fistula is a rare complication of acute and chronic pancreatitis. This usually presents with chest symptoms due to pleural effusion, pleural pseudocyst, or mediastinal pseudocyst. Diagnosis requires a high index of clinical suspicion in patients who develop alcohol-induced pancreatitis and present with pleural effusion which is recurrent or persistent. Analysis of pleural fluid for raised amylase will confirm the diagnosis and investigations like CT. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography (ECRP) or magnetic resonance cholangiopancreaticography (MRCP) may establish the fistulous communication between the pancreas and pleural cavity. The optimal treatment strategy has traditionally been medical management with exocrine suppression with octreotide and ERCP stenting of the fistulous pancreatic duct. Operative therapy considered in the event patient fails to respond to conservative management. There is, however, a lack of clarity regarding the management, and the literature is reviewed here to assess the present view on its pathogenesis, investigations, and management.

  5. Quality of life with anal fistula

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    Owen, HA; Buchanan, GN; Schizas, A; Cohen, R; Williams, AB

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Anal fistula affects people of working age. Symptoms include abscess, pain, discharge of pus and blood. Treatment of this benign disease can affect faecal continence, which may, in turn, impair quality of life (QOL). We assessed the QOL of patients with cryptoglandular anal fistula. Methods Newly referred patients with anal fistula completed the St Mark’s Incontinence Score, which ranges from 0 (perfect continence) to 24 (totally incontinent), and Short form 36 (SF–36) questionnaire at two institutions with an interest in anal fistula. The data were examined to identify factors affecting QOL. Results Data were available for 146 patients (47 women), with a median age of 44 years (range 18–82 years) and a median continence score of 0 (range 0–23). Versus population norms, patients had an overall reduction in QOL. While those with recurrent disease had no difference on continence scores, QOL was worse on two of eight SF–36 domains (p<0.05). Patients with secondary extensions had reduced QOL in two domains (p<0.05), while urgency was associated with reduced QOL on five domains (p<0.05). Patients with loose seton had the same QOL as those without seton. No difference in urgency was found between patients with and without loose seton. In primary fistula patients, 19.4% of patients experienced urgency versus 36.3% of those with recurrent fistulas. Conclusions Patients with anal fistula had a reduced QOL, which was worse in those with recurrent disease, secondary extensions and urgency. Loose seton had no impact on QOL. PMID:27087327

  6. Quality of life with anal fistula.

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    Owen, H A; Buchanan, G N; Schizas, A; Cohen, R; Williams, A B

    2016-05-01

    Anal fistula affects people of working age. Symptoms include abscess, pain, discharge of pus and blood. Treatment of this benign disease can affect faecal continence, which may, in turn, impair quality of life (QOL). We assessed the QOL of patients with cryptoglandular anal fistula. Newly referred patients with anal fistula completed the St Mark's Incontinence Score, which ranges from 0 (perfect continence) to 24 (totally incontinent), and Short form 36 (SF-36) questionnaire at two institutions with an interest in anal fistula. The data were examined to identify factors affecting QOL. Data were available for 146 patients (47 women), with a median age of 44 years (range 18-82 years) and a median continence score of 0 (range 0-23). Versus population norms, patients had an overall reduction in QOL. While those with recurrent disease had no difference on continence scores, QOL was worse on two of eight SF-36 domains (p<0.05). Patients with secondary extensions had reduced QOL in two domains (p<0.05), while urgency was associated with reduced QOL on five domains (p<0.05). Patients with loose seton had the same QOL as those without seton. No difference in urgency was found between patients with and without loose seton. In primary fistula patients, 19.4% of patients experienced urgency versus 36.3% of those with recurrent fistulas. Patients with anal fistula had a reduced QOL, which was worse in those with recurrent disease, secondary extensions and urgency. Loose seton had no impact on QOL.

  7. Asymptomatic cholecystocolonic fistula: a diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma.

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    Antonacci, Nicola; Taffurelli, Giovanni; Casadei, Riccardo; Ricci, Claudio; Monari, Francesco; Minni, Francesco

    2013-01-01

    Cholecystocolonic fistulas (CCF) are rare complications of gallstones with a variable clinical presentation. Despite modern diagnostic tools, cholecystocolonic fistulas are often asymptomatic and it is difficult to diagnose them preoperatively. Biliary-enteric fistulae have been found in 0.9% of patients undergoing biliary tract surgery. The most common site of communication of the fistula is the cholecystoduodenal (70%), followed by the cholecystocolic (10-20%), and the least common is the cholecystogastric fistula. Herein, we report a case of female patient with multiple episodes of acute recurrent cholangitis due to common bile duct and gallbladder stones in which preoperative imaging studies were negative for cholecystocolonic fistula that was incidentally discovered and treated during surgery and was appropriately treated. A review of the literature is reported too.

  8. Video-Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment: Pros and Cons of This Minimally Invasive Method for Treatment of Perianal Fistulas.

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    Romaniszyn, Michal; Walega, Piotr

    2017-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to present results of a single-center, nonrandomized, prospective study of the video-assisted anal fistula treatment (VAAFT). 68 consecutive patients with perianal fistulas were operated on using the VAAFT technique. 30 of the patients had simple fistulas, and 38 had complex fistulas. The mean follow-up time was 31 months. The overall healing rate was 54.41% (37 of the 68 patients healed with no recurrence during the follow-up period). The results varied depending on the type of fistula. The success rate for the group with simple fistulas was 73.3%, whereas it was only 39.47% for the group with complex fistulas. Female patients achieved higher healing rates for both simple (81.82% versus 68.42%) and complex fistulas (77.78% versus 27.59%). There were no major complications. The results of VAAFT vary greatly depending on the type of fistula. The procedure has some drawbacks due to the rigid construction of the fistuloscope and the diameter of the shaft. The electrocautery of the fistula tract from the inside can be insufficient to close wide tracts. However, low risk of complications permits repetition of the treatment until success is achieved. Careful selection of patients is advised.

  9. Digestive system fistula: a problem still relevant today.

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    Głuszek, Stanisław; Korczak, Maria; Kot, Marta; Matykiewicz, Jarosław; Kozieł, Dorota

    2011-01-01

    Digestive system fistula originates most frequently as a complication after surgical procedures, less often occurs in the course of inflammatory diseases, but it can also result from neoplasm and injuries. THE AIM OF THE STUDY was to analyze the causes and retrospectively assess the perioperative procedures as well as the results of digestive system fistula treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS. Own experience in digestive system fistula treatment was presented. The subject group consisted of 32 patients treated at the General Surgery, Oncology and Endocrinology Clinical Department between 01.05.2005 and 30.04.2010 due to different digestive tract diseases. The causes of the occurrence of digestive system fistula, methods and results of treatment were analyzed. RESULTS. The analysis covered 32 patients with digestive system fistula, among them 15 men and 17 women. Average age for men was 57 years (20-78), and for women 61 years (24-88). In 11 patients idiopathic fistula causally connected with primary inflammatory disease (7 cases) and with neoplasm (4 cases) was diagnosed, in 19 patients fistula was the result of complications after surgery, in 2 - after abdominal cavity injury. Recovery from fistula was achieved in 23 patients (72%) with the use of individually planned conservative therapy (TPN, EN, antibiotics, drainage, and others) and surgery, depending on the needs of individual patient. 5 patients (16%) died, whereas in 4 left (12%) recovery wasn't achieved (fistula in palliative patients, with advanced stages of neoplasm - bronchoesophageal fistula, the recurrence of uterine carcinoma). CONCLUSIONS. Recently the results of digestive system fistula treatment showed an improvement which manifests itself in mortality decrease and shortening of fistula healing time. Yet, digestive system fistula as a serious complication still poses a very difficult surgical problem.

  10. [Clinical observation of the ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract in the treatment of simple anal fistula].

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    Tian, Ying; Zhang, Zhongtao; An, Shaoxiong; Jia, Shan; Liu, Liancheng; Yu, Hongshun

    2015-12-01

    To investigate the clinical efficacy of ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) in the treatment of simple anal fistula, including transphincteric anal fistula and insphincteric anal fistula. Clinical data of 52 patients with anal fistula receiving surgery treatment in Beijing Anorectal Hospital from January to October 2014 were analyzed retrospectively. Adoption of surgical procedure was based on rectal endoluminal ultrasound and patients' decision. Patients were divided into LIFT group and seton group. The two groups were compared in terms of operation time, blood loss, postoperative pain score, incidence of urinary retention, wound healing time, cure rate, recurrence, and the anal incontinence score. There were 52 patients in the entire cohort including 28 cases of transphincteric anal fistula (14 cases of LIFT and seton placement groups) and 24 cases of intersphincteric anal fistula (12 case of LIFT and seton placement). The operation time was shorter in seton placement group in patients with two simple anal fistula [(23.9±5.0) min vs. (46.3±7.7) min, P<0.05]. LIFT postoperative pain score [(1.6±0.6) vs. (6.1±1.3)], wound healing time [(7.9±2.0) days vs. (30.0±5.1) days], postoperative hospital stay [(10.3±3.1) days vs. (20.7±7.1) days], and anal incontinence scores [(1.1±0.4) vs. (4.9±1.1)] were better than that of anal fistula seton (all P<0.05). There was no statistically significant difference in intraoperatie blood loss [(23.1±4.7) ml vs. (23.3±4.7) ml, P>0.05]. The cure rate of intersphincteric anal fistula was 83.3%(10/12) in LIFT group, and 100%(12/12) in the seton group. The cure rate of transphincteric anal fistula was 78.6% (11/14) in LIFT and 92.9%(13/14) in anal fistula seton group. There was no statistically significant difference (P>0.05). In the treatment of transphincteric fistula tract and intersphincteric fistula tract, LIFT procedures should be considered.

  11. Coronary artery fistula

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    Congenital heart defect - coronary artery fistula; Birth defect heart - coronary artery fistula ... attaches to one of the chambers of the heart (the atrium or ventricle) or another blood vessel ( ...

  12. Continent vesicovaginal fistula

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    de Toledo, Luís Gustavo Morato; Santos, Victor Espinheira; Maron, Paulo Eduardo Gourlat; Vedovato, Bruno César; Fucs, Moacyr; Perez, Marjo Deninson Cardenuto

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT Vesicovaginal fistula is an abnormal communication between the bladder and vagina and represents the most frequent type of fistula in the urinary tract. The most common cause in Brazil is iatrogenic fistula, secondary to histerectomia. Classically these women present continuous urinary leakage from the vagina and absence of micturition, with strong negative impact on their quality of life. We present a case of totally continent vesicovaginal fistula, with a follow-up of 11 years with no complications. PMID:23579756

  13. [Idiopathic renal arteriovenous fistula].

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    Bennani, S; Ait Bolbarod, A; el Mrini, M; Kadiri, R; Benjelloun, S

    1996-06-01

    The authors report a case of idiopathic renal arteriovenous fistula. The diagnosis was established angiographically in a 24 year old man presenting gross hematuria. Embolization of the fistula was performed. Efficiency of this treatment was appreciated clinically and by duplex renal ultrasonography. The characteristics of renal arteriovenous fistulas are reviewed.

  14. Psychological stress in patients with anal fistula.

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    Cioli, V M; Gagliardi, G; Pescatori, M

    2015-08-01

    Psychological stress is known to affect the immunologic system and the inflammatory response. The aim of this study was to assess the presence of psychological stress, anxiety, and depression in patients with anal fistula. Consecutive patients with anal fistula, hemorrhoids, and normal volunteers were studied prospectively. Stressful life events were recorded and subjects were asked to complete the state-trait anxiety inventory (STAI), a depression scale, and three different reactive graphic tests (RGT). Seventy-eight fistula patients, 73 patients with grade III-IV hemorrhoids, and 37 normal volunteers were enrolled. Of the fistula patients, 65 (83 %) reported one or more stressful events in the year prior to diagnosis, compared to 16 (22 %) of the hemorrhoid patients (P = 0.001). There were no significant differences in the percentage of subjects with abnormal trait anxiety (i.e., proneness for anxiety) and depression scores between fistula patients, hemorrhoid patients, and controls. Fistula patients had significantly higher (i.e., better) scores compared to hemorrhoid patients in two of three RGT and significantly lower (i.e., worse) scores in all three RGT compared to healthy volunteers. Of 37 patients followed up for a median of 28 months (range 19-41 months) after surgery, 8 (21.6 %) had persistent or recurrent sepsis. There was no significant difference in depression, STAI, and RGT scores between patients with sepsis and patients whose fistula healed. Our results suggest that an altered emotional state plays an important role in the pathogenesis of anal fistula and underline the importance of psychological screening in patients with anorectal disorders.

  15. Complex anal fistula remains a challenge for colorectal surgeon.

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    Cadeddu, F; Salis, F; Lisi, G; Ciangola, I; Milito, G

    2015-05-01

    Anal fistula is a common proctological problem to both patient and physician throughout surgical history. Several surgical and sphincter-sparing approaches have been described for the management of fistula-in-ano, aimed to minimize the recurrence and to preserve the continence. We aimed to systematically review the available studies relating to the surgical management of anal fistulas. A Medline search was performed using the PubMed, Ovid, Embase, and Cochrane databases to identify articles reporting on fistula-in-ano management, aimed to find out the current techniques available, the new technologies, and their effectiveness in order to delineate a gold standard treatment algorithm. The management of low anal fistulas is usually straightforward, given that fistulotomy is quite effective, and if the fistula has been properly evaluated, continence disturbance is minimal. On the contrary, high complex fistulas are challenging, because cure and continence are directly competing priorities. Conventional fistula surgery techniques have their place, but new technologies such as fibrin glues, dermal collagen injection, the anal fistula plugs, and stem cell injection offer alternative approaches whose long-term efficacy needs to be further clarified in large long-term randomized trials.

  16. Differentiated surgical treatment of rectovaginal fistulae.

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    Kröpil, Feride; Raffel, Andreas M; Schauer, Matthias; Rehders, Alexander; Eisenberger, Claus F; Knoefel, Wolfram T

    2012-01-01

    Rectovaginal fistulae (RVF) are a serious and debilitating problem for patients and a challenge for the treating surgeons. We present our experiences in the surgical treatment of these patients. Study population consisted of 22 consecutive patients (range 26-70 years) with RVF treated in our department between 2003 and 2009. 13 RVF were observed after colorectal or gynaecological surgery, 3 occurred after radiotherapy, 2 due to tumour infiltration, 4 because of local inflammation (3x diverticultis, 1x ulcus simplex recti). The RVF was classified in all patients before treatment as either 'low' or 'high'. Local procedures (transvaginal excision, preanal repair) as initial treatment were performed in 9 patients with low fistula. In 13 cases with high fistula an abdominal approach was performed to close the fistula. A recurrence was observed in 8/22 cases (36%), which were treated by a gracilis flap (n=2), a bulbospongiosus composite (n=1), a second abdominal approach (n=4), and a re-local excision (n=1). Ultimatively, in 19 cases the defect healed but in 3 patients the RVF persisted. Most important predictor of healing/failure is etiology followed by localization and recurrence of the RVF. Local (preanal, transvaginal) procedures are suitable for low RVF, whereas abdominal surgery is necessary in high RVF. In recurrent RVF, muscle flaps are promising procedures.

  17. [A multicenter randomized controlled clinical trial of Ligation of the Intersphincteric Fistula Tract Plus Bioprosthetic Anal Fistula Plug in the treatment of chronic anal fistula].

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    Zheng, Yi; Wang, Zhenjun; Yang, Xinqing; Cui, Jinjie; Chen, Chaowen; Zhang, Xuebin; Wang, Xiaoqiang; Zhang, Xiling; Che, Xiangming; Chen, Jincai; Cui, Feibo; Song, Weiliang; Chen, Yuzhuo

    2015-11-10

    To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Ligation of the Intersphincteric Fistula Tract Plus Bioprosthetic Anal Fistula Plug (LIFT-plug) in the treatment of chronic anal fistula. A total of 239 patients (199 males, 40 females) with chronic anal fistula were recruited from 5 hospitals between March 2011 and April 2013. These patients were randomly assigned to the experimental group (n=119) treated with LIFT-plug or the control group (n=120) treated with LIFT. The follow-up period was 180 days. The collected data included healing rate, the median healing time, the recurrence rate, the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), the incontinence rate, and the safety indicators associated with the anal fistula plug. The healing rate of the experimental group was better than the control group (96.5% vs 83.7%, P<0.05). The median healing time of the experimental group was 22 days and the latter was 30 days (P<0.05). By the end of the follow-up period, there was no recurrence found in the two groups. The VAS and the incontinence rate had no statistically significant difference between the two groups. There were no adverse events associated with the anal fistula plug in the experimental group. LIFT-plug is simple, less invasive, and with shorter healing time and more satisfactory healing rate in treating chronic anal fistula compared with LIFT.

  18. Application of YAG laser technique in the treatment of anal fistula

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    Liu, Jian-xun; Zhang, Xinrong

    1993-03-01

    The method of treating anal fistula with YAG laser technique is described in this essay. One-hundred-twenty patients have been treated successfully with this method and no recurrence was found in our series. Anal fistula is a common disorder in the anus and rectum. The tunnel of fistula zigzags around the external or internal sphincters. If the drainage is poor, and the skin around the external opening grows rapidly, false healing may occur and cause recurrent abscess. In this case, a fistula can not be cured except by operation.

  19. Thoracoscopic repair of esophageal atresia with a distal fistula – lessons from the first 10 operations

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    Zaborowska, Kamila; Rogowski, Błażej; Kalińska, Anita; Nosek, Marzena; Golonka, Anna; Lesiuk, Witold; Obel, Marcin

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Thoracoscopic esophageal atresia (EA) repair was first performed in 1999, but still the technique is treated as one of the most complex pediatric surgical procedures. Aim The study presents a single-center experience and learning curve of thoracoscopic repair of esophageal atresia and tracheo-esophageal (distal) fistula. Material and methods From 2012 to 2014, 10 consecutive patients with esophageal atresia and tracheo-esophageal fistula were treated thoracoscopically in our center. There were 8 girls and 2 boys. Mean gestational age was 36.5 weeks and mean weight was 2230 g. Four children had associated anomalies. The surgery was performed after stabilization of the patient between the first and fourth day after birth. Five patients required intubation before surgery for respiratory distress. Bronchoscopy was not performed before the operation. Results In 8 patients, the endoscopic approach was successfully used thoracoscopically, while in 2 patients conversion to an open thoracotomy was necessary. In all patients except 1, the anastomosis was patent, with no evidence of leak. One patient demonstrated a leak, which did not resolve spontaneously, necessitating surgical repair. In long-term follow-up, 1 patient required esophageal dilatation of the anastomosis. All patients are on full oral feeding. Conclusions The endoscopic approach is the method of choice for the treatment of esophageal atresia in our center because of excellent visualization and precise atraumatic preparation even in neonates below a weight of 2000 g. PMID:25960794

  20. Biomaterials in the Treatment of Anal Fistula: Hope or Hype?

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    Scoglio, Daniele; Walker, Avery S.; Fichera, Alessandro

    2014-01-01

    Anal fistula (AF) presents a chronic problem for patients and colorectal surgeons alike. Surgical treatment may result in impairment of continence and long-term risk of recurrence. Treatment options for AFs vary according to their location and complexity. The ideal approach should result in low recurrence rates and minimal impact on continence. New technical approaches involving biologically derived products such as biological mesh, fibrin glue, fistula plug, and stem cells have been applied in the treatment of AF to improve outcomes and decrease recurrence rates and the risk of fecal incontinence. In this review, we will highlight the current evidence and describe our personal experience with these novel approaches. PMID:25435826

  1. Do the Surgical Outcomes of Rectovaginal Fistula Repairs Differ for Obstetric and Nonobstetric Fistulas? A Retrospective Cohort Study.

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    Karp, Natalie E; Kobernik, Emily K; Berger, Mitchell B; Low, Chelsea M; Fenner, Dee E

    2017-09-15

    Rectovaginal fistulas can occur from both obstetric and nonobstetric (eg, inflammatory bowel disease, iatrogenic, or traumatic) etiologies. Current data on factors contributing to rectovaginal repair success or failure are limited, making adequate patient counseling difficult. Our objective was to compare outcomes of transperineal rectovaginal fistula repair performed in a single referral center on women with obstetric and nonobstetric causes. We performed a retrospective cohort study of women who had a transperineal rectovaginal fistula repair performed by a urogynecologist at the University of Michigan from 2005 to 2015. Data were obtained by chart review and included demographics, medical comorbidities, fistula etiology, history of a prior fistula repair, failure of current repair, time to failure, and operative details. Repair failure was defined as fistula symptoms with presence of recurrent fistula on exam or imaging in the postoperative follow-up period. Comparisons between the obstetric and nonobstetric cohorts were performed using χ, Fisher exact, and Wilcoxon rank sum tests. Relative risks were calculated to identify predictors of failure. Eighty-eight women were included-53 obstetric and 35 nonobstetric fistulas. The overall fistula repair failure rate was 22.7% (n = 20). Median follow-up was 157.0 days (range, 47.5-402.0). Of all the factors, only nonobstetric etiology was significantly associated with an increased risk of repair failure (relative risk, 3.53 [range, 1.50-8.32]; P = 0.004. Nonobstetric rectovaginal fistulas have a nearly 4-fold increased risk of repair failure compared with obstetric fistulas. Our results will help surgeons adequately counsel patients on potential outcomes of surgical repair of obstetric versus nonobstetric rectovaginal fistulas.

  2. Partial fistulotomy and multiple setons in high anal fistulae.

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    Chatterjee, Gautam; Ray, Dipankar; Chakravartty, Saurav

    2009-08-01

    Setons are employed in high perianal fistulae. Our study aimed to use multiple setons in addition to a partial fistulotomy in high perianal fistulae involving the sphincter complex to combine the effects of cutting and drainage of the fistulous tract. This prospective study included 16 patients over a period of 4 years who presented with high perianal fistulae. The internal opening was identified and tract laid open till the dentate line. Four prolene threads were passed along the remainder of the tract and taken out through the external opening. One was tied tightly while the others were tightened every 7 days. No patients developed major faecal incontinence. Fistula recurred in one patient within a year and one patient had occasional incontinence to flatus. Multiple setons after partial fistulotomy is an effective treatment for high anal fistulae with low incidence of incontinence and recurrence and adequate patient satisfaction.

  3. Mainstem to mainstem bronchial fistula from broncholithiasis.

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    Wiese, Tanya A

    2012-01-01

    Broncholithiasis is a rare condition in which calcified material erodes into the tracheobronchial tree. Most are caused from a fungal, nocardial, mycobacterial, or silicosis-related granulomatous lymphadenitis. Over time, the peribronchial lymph nodes become calcified; thereafter, with the normal repetitive motions of respiration, circulation, and deglutition, the calcifications erode into the lumen of the airway. This condition can be challenging to diagnose as its symptoms can mimic many more common diseases. The most common symptoms are wheezing, chronic cough, and dyspnea; thus, it was previously referred to as "stone asthma." More devastating complications can include massive hemoptysis, recurrent pneumonias, bronchiectasis, mediastinal abscess, and fistula formations. Only airways to mediastinal, esophageal, or vascular fistulas have been reported in the literature. This is the first reported case of a patient treated with electrocautery forceps, who developed a mainstem to mainstem bronchial fistula.

  4. Secondary Tracheoesophageal Puncture With In-Office Transnasal Esophagoscopy

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    LeBert, Brad; McWhorter, Andrew J.; Kunduk, Melda; Walvekar, Rohan R.; Lewin, Jan S.; Hutcheson, Katherine A.; Barringer, Denise A.; Hessel, Amy C.; Holsinger, F. Christopher

    2017-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the outcomes of voice restoration using office-based transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) to guide placement of the secondary tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP). Design Retrospective chart review. Setting Two tertiary care medical centers. Patients The study included 39 patients who underwent the TNE-TEP procedure from January 2004 to December 2008. Main Outcome Measures Clinical, demographic, and TE speech–related data were recorded to examine the ease, efficiency, complications, and speech-related outcomes. Results Among 39 patients identified, the average age was 65 years (age range, 47–83 years), with 32 male (82%) and 7 female (16%) patients. Twenty-five patients (64%) underwent total laryngectomy; 8 (21%) underwent total laryngectomy with partial pharyngectomy; and 14 (36%) underwent microvascular flap reconstruction. The overall success rate of secondary TNE-assisted TEP placement was 97% (n = 38), with 1 unsuccessful attempt. There was no statistically significant correlation found between patients having undergone radiation therapy (either before or after oncologic resection) or a cricopharyngeal myotomy and successful TEP placement, type of reconstruction used to close the pharyngeal defect when compared with the difficulty in the placement of the TEP, development of complications associated with TEP placement, use of the TEP prosthesis, or speech intelligibility at the last follow-up visit. Thirty-one patients (79%) were still using their TEP prosthesis for speech at the last follow-up visit. Of the patients reviewed, 28 (72%) had understandable TE speech. Conclusions In-office TNE-assisted TEP placement can safely be performed, with excellent speech outcomes. Reconstruction with musculocutaneous or microvascular free-tissue transfer did not limit our ability to place secondary TEPs with TNE. PMID:20026814

  5. Influence of speaker gender on listener judgments of tracheoesophageal speech.

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    Eadie, Tanya L; Doyle, Philip C; Hansen, Kerry; Beaudin, Paul G

    2008-01-01

    The objectives of this prospective and exploratory study are to determine: (1) naïve listener preference for gender in tracheoesophageal (TE) speech when speech severity is controlled; (2) the accuracy of identifying TE speaker gender; (3) the effects of gender identification on judgments of speech acceptability (ACC) and naturalness (NAT); and (4) the acoustic basis of ACC and NAT judgments. Six male and six female adult TE speakers were matched for speech severity. Twenty naïve listeners made auditory-perceptual judgments of speech samples in three listening sessions. First, listeners performed preference judgments using a paired comparison paradigm. Second, listeners made judgments of speaker gender, speech ACC, and NAT using rating scales. Last, listeners made ACC and NAT judgments when speaker gender was provided coincidentally. Duration, frequency, and spectral measures were performed. No significant differences were found for preference of male or female speakers. All male speakers were accurately identified, but only two of six female speakers were accurately identified. Significant interactions were found between gender and listening condition (gender known) for NAT and ACC judgments. Males were judged more natural when gender was known; female speakers were judged less natural and less acceptable when gender was known. Regression analyses revealed that judgments of female speakers were best predicted with duration measures when gender was unknown, but with spectral measures when gender was known; judgments of males were best predicted with spectral measures. Naïve listeners have difficulty identifying the gender of female TE speakers. Listeners show no preference for speaker gender, but when gender is known, female speakers are least acceptable and natural. The nature of the perceptual task may affect the acoustic basis of listener judgments.

  6. Posttransplant bilioportal fistula with portal vein thrombosis: a case report.

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    Kasahara, M; Sakamoto, S; Fukuda, A; Shigeta, T; Tanaka, H; Mastuno, N; Hashimoto, M; Kondo, Y; Nosaka, S; Nakazawa, A

    2010-11-01

    An 8-year-old female patient, known to have post-Kasai biliary atresia with mild intrapulmonary shunting, underwent living donor liver transplantation because of recurrent cholangitis. After the treatment of postoperative biliary stricture with percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage, the patient subsequently developed hematochezia with portal vein thrombosis. The intraoperative findings showed portal vein thrombosis with a bilioportal fistula. We performed closure of the bilioportal fistula and reconstruction of the portal vein with a native internal jugular vein interposition graft. A bilioportal fistula due to percutaneous hepatobiliary procedures is a reportedly a rare complication following liver transplantation. The patient is currently doing well after a successful surgical intervention.

  7. Endovascular Management of Acute Bleeding Arterioenteric Fistulas

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    Leonhardt, Henrik Mellander, Stefan; Snygg, Johan; Loenn, Lars

    2008-05-15

    The objective of this study was to review the outcome of endovascular transcatheter repair of emergent arterioenteric fistulas. Cases of abdominal arterioenteric fistulas (defined as a fistula between a major artery and the small intestine or colon, thus not the esophagus or stomach), diagnosed over the 3-year period between December 2002 and December 2005 at our institution, were retrospectively reviewed. Five patients with severe enteric bleeding underwent angiography and endovascular repair. Four presented primary arterioenteric fistulas, and one presented a secondary aortoenteric fistula. All had massive persistent bleeding with hypotension despite volume substitution and transfusion by the time of endovascular management. Outcome after treatment of these patients was investigated for major procedure-related complications, recurrence, reintervention, morbidity, and mortality. Mean follow-up time was 3 months (range, 1-6 months). All massive bleeding was controlled by occlusive balloon catheters. Four fistulas were successfully sealed with stent-grafts, resulting in a technical success rate of 80%. One patient was circulatory stabilized by endovascular management but needed immediate further open surgery. There were no procedure-related major complications. Mean hospital stay after the initial endovascular intervention was 19 days. Rebleeding occurred in four patients (80%) after a free interval of 2 weeks or longer. During the follow-up period three patients needed reintervention. The in-hospital mortality was 20% and the 30-day mortality was 40%. The midterm outcome was poor, due to comorbidities or rebleeding, with a mortality of 80% within 6 months. In conclusion, endovascular repair is an efficient and safe method to stabilize patients with life-threatening bleeding arterioenteric fistulas in the emergent episode. However, in this group of patients with severe comorbidities, the risk of rebleeding is high and further intervention must be considered

  8. Fundamental Frequency and Gender Identification in Standard Esophageal and Tracheoesophageal Speakers

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    Bellandese, Mary H.

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a relationship between fundamental frequency (Fo) and gender identification in standard esophageal (ES) or tracheoesophageal (TE) speakers. Twenty-three male and 20 female ES and TE speakers participated in this study. Recordings of these speakers reading the Rainbow Passage were played to 48…

  9. Effect of singing training on total laryngectomees wearing a tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis.

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    Onofre, Fernanda; Ricz, Hilton Marcos Alves; Takeshita-Monaretti, Telma Kioko; Prado, Maria Yuka de Almeida; Aguiar-Ricz, Lílian Neto

    2013-02-01

    To assess the effect of a program of singing training on the voice of total laryngectomees wearing tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis, considering the quality of alaryngeal phonation, vocal extension and the musical elements of tunning and legato. Five laryngectomees wearing tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis completed the singing training program over a period of three months, with exploration of the strengthening of the respiratory muscles and vocalization and with evaluation of perceptive-auditory and singing voice being performed before and after 12 sessions of singing therapy. After the program of singing voice training, the quality of tracheoesophageal voice showed improvement or the persistence of the general degree of dysphonia for the emitted vowels and for the parameters of roughness and breathiness. For the vowel "a", the pitch was displaced to grave in two participants and to acute in one, and remained adequate in the others. A similar situation was observed also for the vowel "i". After the singing program, all participants presented tunning and most of them showed a greater presence of legato. The vocal extension improved in all participants. Singing training seems to have a favorable effect on the quality of tracheoesophageal phonation and on singing voice.

  10. Acoustic Analysis of the Voiced-Voiceless Distinction in Dutch Tracheoesophageal Speech

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    Jongmans, Petra; Wempe, Ton G.; van Tinteren, Harm; Hilgers, Frans J. M.; Pols, Louis C. W.; van As-Brooks, Corina J.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: Confusions between voiced and voiceless plosives and voiced and voiceless fricatives are common in Dutch tracheoesophageal (TE) speech. This study investigates (a) which acoustic measures are found to convey a correct voicing contrast in TE speech and (b) whether different measures are found in TE speech than in normal laryngeal (NL)…

  11. Voice Onset Time Characteristics of Esophageal, Tracheoesophageal, and Laryngeal Speech of Cantonese

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    Ng, Manwa L.; Wong, Juliana

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: To investigate the ability of standard esophageal (SE) and tracheoesophageal (TE) speakers of Cantonese to differentiate between aspirated and unaspirated stops produced at 3 places of articulation were investigated. Method: Six Cantonese stops, /p, t, k, p[superscript h], t[superscript h], k[superscript h]/, followed by the vowel /a/…

  12. Fundamental Frequency and Gender Identification in Standard Esophageal and Tracheoesophageal Speakers

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    Bellandese, Mary H.

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a relationship between fundamental frequency (Fo) and gender identification in standard esophageal (ES) or tracheoesophageal (TE) speakers. Twenty-three male and 20 female ES and TE speakers participated in this study. Recordings of these speakers reading the Rainbow Passage were played to 48…

  13. Endoanal ultrasound in perianal fistulae and abscesses.

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    Visscher, Arjan Paul; Felt-Bersma, Richelle J F

    2015-06-01

    Endoanal ultrasound is a technique that provides imaging of the anal sphincters and its surrounding structures as well as the pelvic floor. However, endoanal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is preferred by most physicians, although costs are higher and demand easily outgrows availability. Endoanal ultrasound is an accurate imaging modality delineating anatomy of both cryptoglandular as well as Crohn perianal fistula and abscess. Endoanal ultrasound is comparable with examination under anesthesia and equally sensitive as endoanal MRI in fistula detection. When fistula tracts or abscesses are located above the puborectal muscle, an additional endoanal MRI should be performed. Preoperative imaging is advocated in recurrent cryptoglandular fistula because a more complex pattern can be expected. Endoanal ultrasound can help avoid missing tracts during surgery, lowering the chance for the fistula to persist or recur. It can easily be performed in an outpatient setting and endosonographic skills are quickly incremented. Costs are low and endoanal ultrasound has the potential to improve outcome of patients with both cryptoglandular and fistulizing Crohn disease; therefore, it values more attention.

  14. An experience with video-assisted anal fistula treatment (VAAFT) with new insights into the treatment of anal fistulae.

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    Seow-En, I; Seow-Choen, F; Koh, P K

    2016-06-01

    The aim of this retrospective study was to assess our experience of 41 patients with anal fistulae treated with video-assisted anal fistula treatment (VAAFT). Forty-one consecutive patients with cryptoglandular anal fistulae were included. Patients with low intersphincteric anal fistulae or those with gross perineal abscess were excluded. Eleven (27 %) patients had undergone prior fistula surgery with 5 (12 %) having had three or more previous operations. All patients underwent the diagnostic phase as well as diathermy and curettage of the fistula tracts during VAAFT. Primary healing rate was 70.7 % at a median follow-up of 34 months. Twelve patients recurred or did not heal and underwent a repeat VAAFT procedure utilising various methods of dealing with the internal opening. There was a secondary healing rate of 83 % with two recurrences. Overall, stapling of the internal opening had a 22 % recurrence rate, while anorectal advancement flap had a 75 % failure rate. There was no recurrence seen in six cases after using the over-the-scope-clip (OTSC(®)) system to secure the internal opening. VAAFT is useful in the identification of fistula tracts and enables closure of the internal opening. Adequate closure is essential with the method used to close large or fibrotic internal openings being the determining factor for success or failure. The OTSC system delivered the most consistent result without leaving a substantial perianal wound. Ensuring thorough curettage and drainage of the tract during VAAFT is also important to facilitate healing. We believe that this understanding will bring about a decrease in the high recurrence rates currently seen in many series of anal fistulae.

  15. Ureteral perigraft fistula.

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    Deem, Samuel; Stone, Patrick; Schlarb, Chris

    2007-01-01

    Ureteral injury following aortic surgery occurs in less than 1% of all cases. Ureteral-arterial fistulae rarely occur in the current literature and only in case reports. This case involves a suspected ureteral aortic graft fistula presenting with acute hematuria with distant history of redo aortic bifemoral graft for aortoenteric fistula. Cystoscopy with retrograde pyelogram was performed and demonstrated what appeared to be a fistula between the left ureter and the aortic graft with a proximal hydroureter and hydronephrosis. After a detailed review of the films, we diagnosed a more benign ureteral perigraft fistula. Multidisciplinary management including urology and vascular surgery suggested conservative management. However, the patient later required more definitive therapy for his illness. This case demonstrates a ureteral perigraft fistula and displays how it appears radiographically. Here we present our experience with this new radiological diagnosis.

  16. Video-assisted anal fistula treatment.

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    Kochhar, Gaurav; Saha, Sudipta; Andley, Manoj; Kumar, Ashok; Saurabh, Gyan; Pusuluri, Rahul; Bhise, Vikas; Kumar, Ajay

    2014-01-01

    Fistula in ano is a common disease seen in the surgical outpatient department. Many procedures are advocated for the treatment of fistula in ano. However, none of the procedures is considered the gold standard. The latest addition to the list of treatment options is video-assisted anal fistula treatment (VAAFT). It is a minimally invasive, sphincter-saving procedure with low morbidity. The aim of our study was to compare the results with a premier study done previously. The procedure involves diagnostic fistuloscopy and visualization of the internal opening, followed by fulguration of the fistulous tract and closure of the internal opening with a stapling device or suture ligation. The video equipment (Karl Storz, Tuttlingen, Germany) was connected to an illuminating source. The study was conducted from July 2010 to March 2014. Eighty-two patients with fistula in ano were operated on with VAAFT and were followed up according to the study protocol. The recurrence rate was 15.85%, with recurrences developing in 13 cases. Postoperative pain and discomfort were minimal. VAAFT is a minimally invasive procedure performed under direct visualization. It enables visualization of the internal opening and secondary branches or abscess cavities. It is a sphincter-saving procedure and offers many advantages to patients. Our initial results with the procedure are quite encouraging.

  17. [Pyelovenous fistula revealed by repeated thromboembolic events after emergency peripartum hysterectomy].

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    Sauvanaud, C; Boillot, B; Sergent, F; Long, J A; Pernod, G; Rambeaud, J J

    2014-04-01

    We report the case of a 51-year old woman presenting pyelovenous fistula revealed by recurrent and serious thromboembolic events after ureteral ligation during emergency peripartum hysterectomy. Imaging reported a complete left ureteral obstruction, a fistula between the upper calix and the left renal vein and a renal function preserved. Uretero-vesical reimplantation was performed. The patient was well doing after 12 months. The authors wonder if pyelovenous fistula is responsible for prothrombotic state and maintaining renal function.

  18. An outcome and cost analysis of anal fistula plug insertion vs endorectal advancement flap for complex anal fistulae.

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    Fisher, O M; Raptis, D A; Vetter, D; Novak, A; Dindo, D; Hahnloser, D; Clavien, P-A; Nocito, A

    2015-07-01

    The study aimed to compare the rate of success and cost of anal fistula plug (AFP) insertion and endorectal advancement flap (ERAF) for anal fistula. Patients receiving an AFP or ERAF for a complex single fistula tract, defined as involving more than a third of the longitudinal length of of the anal sphincter, were registered in a prospective database. A regression analysis was performed of factors predicting recurrence and contributing to cost. Seventy-one patients (AFP 31, ERAF 40) were analysed. Twelve (39%) recurrences occurred in the AFP and 17 (43%) in the ERAF group (P = 1.00). The median length of stay was 1.23 and 2.0 days (P < 0.001), respectively, and the mean cost of treatment was €5439 ± €2629 and €7957 ± €5905 (P = 0.021), respectively. On multivariable analysis, postoperative complications, underlying inflammatory bowel disease and fistula recurring after previous treatment were independent predictors of de novo recurrence. It also showed that length of hospital stay ≤ 1 day to be the most significant independent contributor to lower cost (P = 0.023). Anal fistula plug and ERAF were equally effective in treating fistula-in-ano, but AFP has a mean cost saving of €2518 per procedure compared with ERAF. The higher cost for ERAF is due to a longer median length of stay. Colorectal Disease © 2014 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  19. Gastro-bronchial fistula

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    Missen, Anthony J. B.; Pemberton, James; Boon, Andrew

    1974-01-01

    1. Gastro-bronchial fistula is a rare condition occurring most commonly as a complication of a subphrenic abscess. 2. Other causes include trauma and necrosis within an infiltrating neoplasm. 3. The treatment of those fistulae which are secondary to a subphrenic abscess should be by drainage of the abscess, jejunal tube feeding and continuous gastric aspiration. ImagesFig. 1 PMID:4464513

  20. Anal abscess and fistula.

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    Sneider, Erica B; Maykel, Justin A

    2013-12-01

    Benign anorectal diseases, such as anal abscesses and fistula, are commonly seen by primary care physicians, gastroenterologists, emergency physicians, general surgeons, and colorectal surgeons. It is important to have a thorough understanding of the complexity of these 2 disease processes so as to provide appropriate and timely treatment. We review the pathophysiology, presentation, diagnosis, and treatment options for both anal abscesses and fistulas.

  1. Management of duodenal fistulas.

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    Sandler, J T; Deitel, M

    1981-03-01

    A review of records of 27 patients with duodenal fistulas admitted to St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto since 1969, when total parenteral nutrition (TPN) was instituted, showed that in 19 patients the fistula formed after gastric resection, pyloroplasty or transduodenal sphincteroplasty. The remaining fistulas resulted from delayed presentation of perforated duodenal ulcers, trauma suffered in motor vehicle accidents and disease in neighbouring organs. Management included early nasogastric suctioning, withholding oral intake, draining the fistula contents, protecting the skin effectively, replacing fluid and electrolytes and administering TPN to suppress secretions and to promote anabolism. In seven patients who had associated duodenal obstruction in this intensely inflamed area, a gastrojejunostomy was performed. In no instance was a direct attack made on the fistula. In 25 patients (92.6%) the fistula healed spontaneously in an average of 21 days. Two patients (7.4%) died with patent fistulas. It appears that a direct surgical attack on duodenal fistulas is rarely necessary. With appropriate management, the majority will heal spontaneously. Total parenteral nutrition is the cornerstone of therapy and gastrojejunostomy is invaluable in certain cases.

  2. Management of complex anorectal fistulas with seton drainage plus partial fistulotomy and subsequent ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT).

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    Schulze, B; Ho, Y-H

    2015-02-01

    Ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) is a relatively new technique in the treatment of complex anorectal fistulas. As it spares the anal sphincter, rates of post-operative incontinence may be lower when compared to conventional treatment. To date, there have not been enough reports of long-term fistula recurrence rates. We performed a long-term follow-up study of 75 patients who underwent LIFT following seton drainage and partial fistulotomy. Only patients with complex cryptogenic anorectal fistulas were included. After seton insertion and partial fistulotomy, the tract was reviewed at 4 months for the absence of anorectal sepsis. Patients then underwent LIFT in a day surgery setting. Operative time, complications, recurrences and incontinence were evaluated. Between May 2008 and June 2013, 75 patients [51 men, mean age 49.5 years, standard error of the mean (SEM) 1.4 years] were treated with a LIFT protocol. The mean operating time for LIFT was 13.2 min (SEM 1.5 min). Complications included minor bleeding, superficial wound dehiscence and perianal pain. At a mean follow-up of 14.6 months (SEM 1.7 months), there were nine (12 %) recurrences, diagnosed at a mean 9.2 months (SEM 2.7 months). They were treated with seton insertion followed by LIFT with biomesh or anorectal advancement flap, and there were no subsequent recurrences. Review of preoperative and post-operative continence scores revealed only one (1.3 %) patient with minor incontinence following LIFT. Recurrences were significantly related to fistulas with multiple tracts (p < 0.001). Our results suggest that the protocol of seton insertion and partial fistulotomy followed by LIFT is associated with a low recurrence rate comparing well with published results from studies involving other techniques and protocols for treating anal fistula.

  3. Why do we have so much trouble treating anal fistula?

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    Dudukgian, Haig; Abcarian, Herand

    2011-07-28

    Anal fistula is among the most common illnesses affecting man. Medical literature dating back to 400 BC has discussed this problem. Various causative factors have been proposed throughout the centuries, but it appears that the majority of fistulas unrelated to specific causes (e.g. Tuberculosis, Crohn's disease) result from infection (abscess) in anal glands extending from the intersphincteric plane to various anorectal spaces. The tubular structure of an anal fistula easily yields itself to division or unroofing (fistulotomy) or excision (fistulectomy) in most cases. The problem with this single, yet effective, treatment plan is that depending on the thickness of sphincter muscle the fistula transgresses, the patient will have varying degrees of fecal incontinence from minor to total. In an attempt to preserve continence, various procedures have been proposed to deal with the fistulas. These include: (1) simple drainage (Seton); (2) closure of fistula tract using fibrin sealant or anal fistula plug; (3) closure of primary opening using endorectal or dermal flaps, and more recently; and (4) ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT). In most complex cases (i.e. Crohn's disease), a proximal fecal diversion offers a measure of symptomatic relief. The fact remains that an "ideal" procedure for anal fistula remains elusive. The failure of each sphincter-preserving procedure (30%-50% recurrence) often results in multiple operations. In essence, the price of preservation of continence at all cost is multiple and often different operations, prolonged disability and disappointment for the patient and the surgeon. Nevertheless, the surgeon treating anal fistulas on an occasional basis should never hesitate in referring the patient to a specialist. Conversely, an expert colorectal surgeon must be familiar with many different operations in order to selectively tailor an operation to the individual patient.

  4. Why do we have so much trouble treating anal fistula?

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    Dudukgian, Haig; Abcarian, Herand

    2011-01-01

    Anal fistula is among the most common illnesses affecting man. Medical literature dating back to 400 BC has discussed this problem. Various causative factors have been proposed throughout the centuries, but it appears that the majority of fistulas unrelated to specific causes (e.g. Tuberculosis, Crohn’s disease) result from infection (abscess) in anal glands extending from the intersphincteric plane to various anorectal spaces. The tubular structure of an anal fistula easily yields itself to division or unroofing (fistulotomy) or excision (fistulectomy) in most cases. The problem with this single, yet effective, treatment plan is that depending on the thickness of sphincter muscle the fistula transgresses, the patient will have varying degrees of fecal incontinence from minor to total. In an attempt to preserve continence, various procedures have been proposed to deal with the fistulas. These include: (1) simple drainage (Seton); (2) closure of fistula tract using fibrin sealant or anal fistula plug; (3) closure of primary opening using endorectal or dermal flaps, and more recently; and (4) ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT). In most complex cases (i.e. Crohn’s disease), a proximal fecal diversion offers a measure of symptomatic relief. The fact remains that an “ideal” procedure for anal fistula remains elusive. The failure of each sphincter-preserving procedure (30%-50% recurrence) often results in multiple operations. In essence, the price of preservation of continence at all cost is multiple and often different operations, prolonged disability and disappointment for the patient and the surgeon. Nevertheless, the surgeon treating anal fistulas on an occasional basis should never hesitate in referring the patient to a specialist. Conversely, an expert colorectal surgeon must be familiar with many different operations in order to selectively tailor an operation to the individual patient. PMID:21876616

  5. The anal fistula plug in Crohn's disease patients with fistula-in-ano: a systematic review.

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    Nasseri, Y; Cassella, L; Berns, M; Zaghiyan, K; Cohen, J

    2016-04-01

    This study aimed to review, consolidate and analyse the findings of studies investigating the efficacy of anal fistula plugs (AFPs) in treating fistula-in-ano in patients with Crohn's disease. A literature review was conducted via Pubmed, Embase, Medline, Scopus and the Cochrane Library for the period 1995-2015. Articles were selected and reviewed based on specific inclusion and exclusion criteria. A total of 16 studies were extracted, of which 12 were included in the systematic review. In total, 84 patients (n = 1-20 per study) with a median age of 45 (18-72) years and a median follow-up time of 9 (3-24) months were analysed. The total success rate, defined as closure of the fistula tract, was 49/84 (58.3%, 95% CI 47-69). Success in patients with recurrent anal fistulae was 2/5 (40%, 95% CI 5-85). Overall, the success rates of Surgisis and GORE BIO-A brand plugs were 48/80 (60%, 95% CI 48-71) and 1/4 (25%, 95% CI 1-81). The recurrence rate of fistula-in-ano in the five studies that reported recurrence was 3/22 (13.6%). In two comparative studies, inferior overall success rates were found in patients who received preoperative immunomodulators vs. those who did not [3/11 (27.3%) vs. 17/23 (73.9%)]. The studies suggest that the use of an AFP in patients with Crohn's disease is a safe procedure with reasonable success, little morbidity and a low risk of incontinence. The current literature is limited by a number of factors, including small study cohorts, grouping of fistulae in Crohn's disease with other types of anal fistula, short and highly variable follow-up times and multiple confounding factors such as number of fistula tracts, use of preoperative steroids or immunosuppressants, previous use of setons and variation in surgical technique. Colorectal Disease © 2016 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  6. Fistulectomy with primary sphincter reconstruction in the treatment of high transsphincteric anal fistulas.

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    Hirschburger, Markus; Schwandner, Thilo; Hecker, Andreas; Kierer, Walter; Weinel, Rolf; Padberg, Winfried

    2014-02-01

    The treatment of transsphincteric anal fistulas is a challenge between recurrence rate and incontinence. Many surgical and conservative procedures have been described in the treatment of anal fistulas. Fistulectomy and primary sphincter reconstruction (FPSR) has not gained great popularity in this field due to the risk of sphincter damage. The aim of this study is to evaluate FPSR in the treatment of transsphincteric fistulas. We retrospectively analyzed 50 patients with high transsphincteric fistulas of cryptoglandular origin that were treated with FPSR between 2005 and 2008. Preoperative assessment included physical and proctologic examination. Continence and pain scores were evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively. In our 50 patients, 22 patients (44 %) had a previous proctologic operation and 11 patients (22 %) presented with recurrent fistulas. The fistulas existed for an average of 8 months. The operation time was 28 ± 16 min. Mean follow-up was 22± months. The fistula healed in 44 patients (88 %) who developed no recurrence. In five patients (10 %), the fistula healed, but they developed a recurrence in the observation period. In one patient (2 %), the fistula did not heal. Three patients developed low-grade incontinence for flatus, and one patient with 2° incontinence improved. Preoperatively and postoperatively calculated continence and pain scores showed a slight but significant elevation in the Clinical Continence Score, the German Society of Coloproctology Score showed no significant difference, and preexisting pain was reduced significantly by surgery. FPSR is a safe surgical procedure for the treatment of high transsphincteric anal fistula. The primary healing rate is high with a low risk of recurrence or incontinence.

  7. [Idiopathic intracranial hypertension and spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid fistula. Usefulness of intracranial pressure monitoring].

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    Horcajadas Almansa, Angel; Román Cutillas, Ana; Jorques Infante, Ana; Ruiz Gómez, José; Busquier, Heriberto

    Spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fistulas are rather common in daily practice. The aim of the surgical treatment is closure of the leak, but recurrences are quite frequent. The association between spontaneous CSF fistulas and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is not uncommon, and this is probably the cause of the low rate of success of the surgical treatment. Symptoms of IIH associated with spontaneous CSF fistula are atypical, and diagnosis is often missed. Continuous intracranial pressure monitoring is very useful in the diagnosis of chronic IIH and in patients with spontaneous CSF fistula, as it helps in making decisions on the treatment of these patients.

  8. Surgical exclusion of a symptomatic circumflex coronary to right atrium fistula.

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    Benlafqih, Chakib; Léobon, Bertrand; Chabbert, Valérie; Glock, Yves

    2007-06-01

    Coronary artery fistulas are rare and half of them are symptomatic. Diagnosis is confirmed by echocardiography and coronarography and can be precisely located by multislice CT-scan. We report the case of a 56-year-old female patient with congestive heart failure caused by a coronaro-cardiac fistula established between the proximal circumflex coronary artery and the right atrium. Surgical exclusion of the fistula was achieved by ligation of both extremities and a running suture on the aneurysmal vessel. Follow-up at 6 months was satisfactory with an asymptomatic patient and absence of recurrence of the fistula on echocardiography.

  9. Video-Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment (VAAFT) for Complex Anal Fistula: A Preliminary Evaluation in China.

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    Jiang, Hui-Hong; Liu, Hai-Long; Li, Zhen; Xiao, Yi-Hua; Li, A-Jian; Chang, Yi; Zhang, Yong; Lv, Liang; Lin, Mou-Bin

    2017-04-30

    BACKGROUND Although many attempts have been made to advance the treatment of complex anal fistula, it continues to be a difficult surgical problem. This study aimed to describe the novel technique of video-assisted anal fistula treatment (VAAFT) and our preliminary experiences using VAAFT with patients with complex anal fistula. MATERIAL AND METHODS From May 2015 to May 2016, 52 patients with complex anal fistula were treated with VAAFT at Yangpu Hospital of Tongji University School of Medicine, and the clinical data of these patients were reviewed. RESULTS VAAFT was performed successfully in all 52 patients. The median operation time was 55 minutes. Internal openings were identified in all cases. 50 cases were closed with sutures, and 2 were closed with staplers. Complications included perianal sepsis in 3 cases and bleeding in another 3 cases. Complete healing without recurrence was achieved in 44 patients (84.6%) after 9 months of follow-up. No fecal incontinence was observed. Furthermore, a significant improvement in Gastrointestinal Quality of Life Index (GIQLI) score was observed from preoperative baseline (mean, 85.5) to 3-month follow-up (mean, 105.4; p<0.001), and this increase was maintained at 9-months follow-up (mean, 109.6; p<0.001). CONCLUSIONS VAAFT is a safe and minimally invasive technique for treating complex anal fistula with preservation of anal sphincter function.

  10. Video-Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment (VAAFT) for Complex Anal Fistula: A Preliminary Evaluation in China

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    Jiang, Hui-hong; Liu, Hai-long; Li, Zhen; Xiao, Yi-hua; Li, A-jian; Chang, Yi; Zhang, Yong; Lv, Liang; Lin, Mou-bin

    2017-01-01

    Background Although many attempts have been made to advance the treatment of complex anal fistula, it continues to be a difficult surgical problem. This study aimed to describe the novel technique of video-assisted anal fistula treatment (VAAFT) and our preliminary experiences using VAAFT with patients with complex anal fistula. Material/Methods From May 2015 to May 2016, 52 patients with complex anal fistula were treated with VAAFT at Yangpu Hospital of Tongji University School of Medicine, and the clinical data of these patients were reviewed. Results VAAFT was performed successfully in all 52 patients. The median operation time was 55 minutes. Internal openings were identified in all cases. 50 cases were closed with sutures, and 2 were closed with staplers. Complications included perianal sepsis in 3 cases and bleeding in another 3 cases. Complete healing without recurrence was achieved in 44 patients (84.6%) after 9 months of follow-up. No fecal incontinence was observed. Furthermore, a significant improvement in Gastrointestinal Quality of Life Index (GIQLI) score was observed from preoperative baseline (mean, 85.5) to 3-month follow-up (mean, 105.4; p<0.001), and this increase was maintained at 9-months follow-up (mean, 109.6; p<0.001). Conclusions VAAFT is a safe and minimally invasive technique for treating complex anal fistula with preservation of anal sphincter function. PMID:28456815

  11. Crohn's disease presenting as a ceco-urachal fistula.

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    Tsukui, Hidenori; Koinuma, Koji; Morimoto, Mitsuaki; Horie, Hisanaga; Lefor, Alan Kawarai; Kagaya, Yuka; Takahashi, Haruo; Yano, Tomonori; Matsubara, Daisuke; Yamamoto, Hironori; Sata, Naohiro

    2017-02-01

    We report the case of a patient with Crohn's disease who initially presented with a ceco-urachal fistula. The patient was a 31-year-old female who underwent an appendectomy 6 years before presenting to our institution. She had a one-year history of diarrhea, and had recently developed polyuria and a sensation of residual urine. She was admitted with fever and lower abdominal pain. Endoscopy and computed tomography revealed a ceco-urachal fistula, which was consistent with Crohn's disease. An urachal resection was performed, which included partial cystectomy and ileocecal resection. A ceco-urachal fistula is a rare initial symptom of Crohn's disease. During the surgical management of such cases, it is necessary to resect the urachus, the affected portion of the bladder, the fistula, and the affected part of the digestive tract in order to avoid recurrence.

  12. Intracranial pial arteriovenous fistula.

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    Yamashita, Kentaro; Ohe, Naoyuki; Yoshimura, Shin-ichi; Iwama, Toru

    2007-12-01

    A 33-year-old woman presented with a rare intracranial pial arteriovenous fistula manifesting as monoparesis and hypesthesia of the right lower extremity. Computed tomography demonstrated an approximately 10-mm diameter subcortical hematoma in the left postcentral gyrus. Two months after suffering the ictus, angiography demonstrated a pial arteriovenous fistula in the late arterial phase fed by the left paracentral artery and drained into the left precentral vein. No nidus or dural arteriovenous fistula was detected. Left parietal craniotomy was performed and the pial arteriovenous fistula was extirpated by electrocoagulation. Intraoperative angiography demonstrated disappearance of the fistula. She experienced no postoperative neurological deterioration, but hypesthesia of the right leg persisted. Obliteration of the pial arteriovenous fistula was reconfirmed by postoperative angiography. She suffered no rebleeding episodes during the 36-month follow-up period. Pial arteriovenous fistula causing mild symptoms should be treated by flow disconnection because the direct arteriovenous shunt and attendant high blood flow usually results in huge venous varices. To determine whether direct surgery or endovascular treatment is appropriate, the position and shape of the lesion must be known.

  13. Surgical treatment of trans-sphincteric anal fistulas with the Fat GRAFT technique: a minimally invasive procedure.

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    Stroumza, N; Fuzco, G; Laporte, J; Nail Barthelemy, R; Houry, S; Atlan, M

    2017-08-01

    Anal fistulas are common pathologies with a significant social impact; however, their treatment is often complex and the recurrence rate can be significant. Some surgical treatments for fistula are also associated with the risk of sphincter injury. In this technical note, we aim to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of the Fat GRAFT technique (Fat Grafting in Anal Fistula Treatment) in the treatment of recurrent anal fistulas. All patients presenting with recurrent trans-sphincteric anal fistulas over an 18-month period were included. After abdominal fat harvesting and fat preparation, fat grafting was performed in the track and peripheral area of the fistula. The internal and external openings of the fistula were closed to maximally preserve the retention of the adipocyte graft in the fistula. Eleven patients underwent the Fat GRAFT procedure (seven men, four women). The average re-injected volume for each fistula was 21 ml (range 10-30 ml). The postoperative course was uneventful. At 6 months three patients developed recurrence (73% healed). There were no postoperative complications. The Fat GRAFT technique appears to be a promising technique with a low risk of anal incontinence, in contrast to other techniques. This method was effective in > 70% of patients in a single session. Colorectal Disease © 2017 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  14. Objective assessment of tracheoesophageal and esophageal speech using acoustic analysis of voice.

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    Sirić, Ljiljana; Sos, Dario; Rosso, Marinela; Stevanović, Sinisa

    2012-11-01

    The aim of this study was to analyze the voice quality of alaryngeal tracheoesophageal and esophageal speech, and to determine which of them is more similar to laryngeal voice production, and thus more acceptable as a rehabilitation method of laryngectomized persons. Objective voice evaluation was performed on a sample of 20 totally laryngectomized subjects of both sexes, average age 61.3 years. Subjects were divided into two groups: 10 (50%) respondents with built tracheoesophageal prosthesis and 10 (50%) who acquired esophageal speech. Testing included 6 variables: 5 parameters of acoustic analysis of voice and one parameter of aerodynamic measurements. The obtained data was statistically analyzed by analysis of variance. Analysis of the data showed a statistically significant difference between the two groups in the terms of intensity, fundamental frequency and maximum phonation time of vowel at a significance level of 5% and confidence interval of 95%. A statistically significant difference was not found between the values of jitter, shimmer, and harmonic-to-noise ratio between tracheoesophageal and esophageal voice. There is no ideal method of rehabilitation and every one of them requires an individual approach to the patient, but the results shows the advantages of rehabilitation by means of installing voice prosthesis.

  15. Statistical differentiation of tracheoesophageal speech produced under four prosthetic/occlusion speaking conditions.

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    Pauloski, B R; Fisher, H B; Kempster, G B; Blom, E D

    1989-09-01

    Twelve male and 12 female total laryngectomy patients who received the tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP) as a means of vocal rehabilitation served as subjects for this investigation. Recordings were made of these subjects' speech produced with four prosthetic/occlusion conditions: (1) duckbill prosthesis with tracheostoma valve; (2) duckbill prosthesis with digital occlusion of the tracheostoma; (3) low pressure prosthesis with tracheostoma valve; and (4) low pressure prosthesis with digital occlusion. Speech tasks consisted of three trials of maximum phonation time on /a/ and reading of a 98-word standard passage. Acoustic analysis of the recorded speech samples included a total of 34 frequency, intensity, temporal, and noise measures. Eight acoustic measures (words per minute, harmonics-to-noise ratio, percent jitter, intensity range during vowel phonation, percent periodic phonation, mean intensity during reading, directional jitter, and directional jitter, and directional shimmer) were chosen as dependent variables for a repeated measures MANOVA. The overall repeated measures MANOVA, a set of complex contrasts, and paired t tests revealed that TEP speech produced with the low pressure prosthesis was significantly different from that produced with the duckbill prosthesis on a weighted linear combination of the eight acoustic variables. Tracheoesophageal voice produced with a low pressure prosthesis had greater amounts of periodic phonation than tracheoesophageal voice produced with a duckbill prosthesis. The use of a tracheostoma valve did not have a significant impact on the subset of acoustic measures used in the repeated measures MANOVA.

  16. Endovascular Treatment of a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft to Pulmonary Artery Fistula with Coil Embolization

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    Nielson, Jeffery L. Kang, Preet S.

    2006-04-15

    Fistula formation between a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)and the pulmonary arterial circulation represents a rare cause of recurrent angina in patients following bypass grafting. Therapy has traditionally involved surgical ligation by open thoracotomy. We describe a case of left internal mammary artery-left upper lobe pulmonary artery fistula presenting as early recurrent angina following CABG. The fistula was embolized using platinum coils, resulting in symptomatic relief and improvement in myocardial perfusion on cardiac perfusion scintigraphy. Coil embolization should be considered a therapeutic option in patients with coronary-pulmonary steal syndrome.

  17. Anal fistula plug: a prospective evaluation of success, continence and quality of life in the treatment of complex fistulae.

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    Adamina, M; Ross, T; Guenin, M O; Warschkow, R; Rodger, C; Cohen, Z; Burnstein, M

    2014-07-01

    Curing complex anal fistula without compromising continence can be extremely challenging. This study investigated the healing rate, continence and quality of life of patients after treatment of complex anal fistula of cryptoglandular origin with a bioprosthetic plug. Consecutive patients were prospectively followed in four referral centres. Following seton conditioning, a bioprosthetic plug was inserted into the fistula and sutured to the anal sphincter. Clinical evaluation was performed at 10 days, 6 weeks and 6 months after surgery, and was completed by telephone interviews. Anal continence and quality of life were evaluated using the Fecal Incontinence Score Index and the Short Form-36 Health Survey, version 2 (SF-36 v2) questionnaire. Forty-six patients presenting with a complex anal fistula and a median of three previous fistula surgeries were included. The 6-month recurrence rate was 30.7% (95% CI: 15.9-42.8%), increasing to 48.0% (95% CI: 30.6-61.1%) after 2 years. Follow up was continued for a median of 68.1 months, and 26 (56.5%) recurrences were identified. Anal continence improved from a median of 19 points to 12 points at 6 months of follow up (P = 0.008). Quality of life markedly improved in all scales. The physical summary score increased from 47.2 to 56.2 (P < 0.001), and the mental summary score increased from 48.5 to 55.3 (P = 0.013). The bioprosthetic fistula plug demonstrated a healing rate close to 50% in complex cryptoglandular fistula. Also, it markedly improved anal continence and quality of life. These data support the use of a bioprosthetic plug as first-line therapy for complex fistula instead of more aggressive and potentially debilitating surgical options. Colorectal Disease © 2014 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  18. Endoscopic Management of Gastrointestinal Fistulae

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    Kumar, Nitin; Larsen, Michael C.

    2014-01-01

    A gastrointestinal fistula is a common occurrence, especially after surgery. Patients who develop a fistula may have an infection, surgically altered anatomy, nutritional deficiency, or organ failure, making surgical revision more difficult. With advancements in flexible endoscopic devices and technology, new endoscopic options are available for the management of gastrointestinal fistulae. Endoscopically deployable stents, endoscopic suturing devices, through-the-scope and over-the-scope clips, sealants, and fistula plugs can be used to treat fistulae. These therapies are even more effective in combination. Despite the inherent challenges in patients with fistulae, endoscopic therapies for treatment of fistulae have demonstrated safety and efficacy, allowing many patients to avoid surgical fistula repair. In this paper, we review the emerging role of endoscopy in the management of gastrointestinal fistulae. PMID:28845140

  19. Management of enteroatmospheric fistulae.

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    Terzi, Cem; Egeli, Tufan; Canda, Aras E; Arslan, Naciye C

    2014-06-01

    A small-bowel enteroatmospheric fistula (EAF) is an especially challenging complication for patients with open abdomens (OAs) and their surgeons. Manipulation of the bowel during treatment (e.g. dressing changes) is one of the risk factors for developing these openings between the atmosphere and the gastrointestinal tract. Unlike enterocutaneous fistulae, EAFs have neither overlying soft tissue nor a real fistula tract, which reduces the likelihood of their spontaneous closure. Surgical closure is necessary but not always easy to do in the OA environment. Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has been used successfully as an adjunct therapy to heal the wound around EAFs. This review discusses many aspects of managing EAFs in patients with OAs, and presents techniques that have been developed to isolate the fistula and divert effluent while applying NPWT to the surrounding wound bed.

  20. VIDEO-ASSISTED ANAL FISTULA TREATMENT: TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS AND PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE FIRST BRAZILIAN EXPERIENCE

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    MENDES, Carlos Ramon Silveira; FERREIRA, Luciano Santana de Miranda; SAPUCAIA, Ricardo Aguiar; LIMA, Meyline Andrade; ARAUJO, Sergio Eduardo Alonso

    2014-01-01

    Backgroung Anorectal fistula represents an epithelized communication path of infectious origin between the rectum or anal canal and the perianal region. The association of endoscopic surgery with the minimally invasive approach led to the development of the video-assisted anal fistula treatment. Aim To describe the technique and initial experience with the technique video-assisted for anal fistula treatment. Technique A Karl Storz video equipment was used. Main steps included the visualization of the fistula tract using the fistuloscope, the correct localization of the internal fistula opening under direct vision, endoscopic treatment of the fistula and closure of the internal opening which can be accomplished through firing a stapler, cutaneous-mucosal flap, or direct closure using suture. Results The mean distance between the anal verge and the external anal orifice was 5.5 cm. Mean operative time was 31.75 min. In all cases, the internal fistula opening could be identified after complete fistuloscopy. In all cases, internal fistula opening was closed using full-thickness suture. There were no intraoperative or postoperative complications. After a 5-month follow-up, recurrence was observed in one (12.5%) patient. Conclusion Video-assisted anal fistula treatment is feasible, reproducible, and safe. It enables direct visualization of the fistula tract, internal opening and secondary paths. PMID:24676305

  1. Video-assisted anal fistula treatment: technical considerations and preliminary results of the first Brazilian experience.

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    Mendes, Carlos Ramon Silveira; Ferreira, Luciano Santana de Miranda; Sapucaia, Ricardo Aguiar; Lima, Meyline Andrade; Araujo, Sergio Eduardo Alonso

    2014-01-01

    Anorectal fistula represents an epithelized communication path of infectious origin between the rectum or anal canal and the perianal region. The association of endoscopic surgery with the minimally invasive approach led to the development of the video-assisted anal fistula treatment. To describe the technique and initial experience with the technique video-assisted for anal fistula treatment. A Karl Storz video equipment was used. Main steps included the visualization of the fistula tract using the fistuloscope, the correct localization of the internal fistula opening under direct vision, endoscopic treatment of the fistula and closure of the internal opening which can be accomplished through firing a stapler, cutaneous-mucosal flap, or direct closure using suture. The mean distance between the anal verge and the external anal orifice was 5.5 cm. Mean operative time was 31.75 min. In all cases, the internal fistula opening could be identified after complete fistuloscopy. In all cases, internal fistula opening was closed using full-thickness suture. There were no intraoperative or postoperative complications. After a 5-month follow-up, recurrence was observed in one (12.5%) patient. Video-assisted anal fistula treatment is feasible, reproducible, and safe. It enables direct visualization of the fistula tract, internal opening and secondary paths.

  2. Coronary Artery Fistula

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    2007-04-01

    ascending aorta and pulmonary artery) and congenital coronary artery stenosis . Most coronary artery fistulas are congenital but may also...MILITARY MEDICINE, 172, 4: xi-xii, 2007 Military Medicine, Vol. 172, 4, April 2007 Radiology Corner Case #11 Coronary Artery Fistula...man with a single episode of vague sub- sternal chest pain was referred for evaluation of possible coronary artery disease. His medical history was

  3. [Urinary fistula: update].

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    Allona Almagro, A; Sanz Migueláñez, J L; Pérez Sanz, P; Pozo Mengual, B; Navío Niño, S

    2002-01-01

    The urinary fistulas are not a frequent problem in our urological rutinary work, being the vesicovaginal ones the most common. However, it will be necessary to know them to be able to diagnose and treat them in the best way. In this article we classificate the different urinary fistulas (uro-gynecologicals, uro-vasculars, uro-cutaneous and entero-urinarys), explaining the possible etiologies and the correct management.

  4. Ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT): a minimally invasive procedure for complex anal fistula: two-year results of a prospective multicentric study.

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    Sileri, Pierpaolo; Giarratano, Gabriella; Franceschilli, Luana; Limura, Elsa; Perrone, Federico; Stazi, Alessandro; Toscana, Claudio; Gaspari, Achille Lucio

    2014-10-01

    The surgical management of anal fistulas is still a matter of discussion and no clear recommendations exist. The present study analyses the results of the ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) technique in treating complex anal fistulas, in particular healing, fecal continence, and recurrence. Between October 2010 and February 2012, a total of 26 consecutive patients underwent LIFT. All patients had a primary complex anal fistula and preoperatively all underwent clinical examination, proctoscopy, transanal ultrasonography/magnetic resonance imaging, and were treated with the LIFT procedure. For the purpose of this study, fistulas were classified as complex if any of the following conditions were present: tract crossing more than 30% of the external sphincter, anterior fistula in a woman, recurrent fistula, or preexisting incontinence. Patient's postoperative complications, healing time, recurrence rate, and postoperative continence were recorded during follow-up. The minimum follow-up was 16 months. Five patients required delayed LIFT after previous seton. There were no surgical complications. Primary healing was achieved in 19 patients (73%). Seven patients (27%) had recurrence presenting between 4 and 8 weeks postoperatively and required further surgical treatment. Two of them (29%) had previous insertion of a seton. No patients reported any incontinence postoperatively and we did not observe postoperative continence worsening. In our experience, LIFT appears easy to perform, is safe with no surgical complication, has no risk of incontinence, and has a low recurrence rate. These results suggest that LIFT as a minimally invasive technique should be routinely considered for patients affected by complex anal fistula. © The Author(s) 2013.

  5. Iatrogenic Aorto-Cisterna Chyli Fistula During Percutaneous Balloon Aortoplasty in a Patient with Takayasu's Arteritis: A Case Report

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    Hwang, Hye Sun; Shin, Sung Wook Kim, Eun Hui; Do, Young Soo; Choo, Sung Wook; Cho, Sung Ki; Park, Kwang Bo

    2007-04-15

    We present a case of iatrogenic aorto-cisterna chyli fistula that developed during percutaneous transluminal aortoplasty in a 16-year old girl with Takayasu's arteritis. The aorto-cisterna chyli fistula was angiographically confirmed and treated using a stent-graft, which successfully occluded the fistula. Her claudication then improved, although follow-up CT angiography at 10 months revealed mild recurrent aortic stenosis.

  6. Partial fistulectomy and fistular wall flap for the treatment of high perianal fistulas.

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    Lasheen, Ahmed E

    2004-01-01

    Controversy surrounds the management of fistula in ano especially the high type. This study assesses the clinical results of a partial fistulectomy with a closure of the internal opening using a fistular wall flap for the management of high perianal fistulas. This technique was performed in 50 patients with this condition, with the aid of a fistulectomy tube. The clinical outcome was assessed in terms of continence and recurrence for a period of 22 months after operation. The technique is easy to perform, results in less morbidity, and provided successful healing in 49 patients. A recurrent fistula occurred in one patient. No continence disturbance was noted during the follow-up period. This technique is thus considered to be an effective method for managing high perianal fistulas since it was found to demonstrate good results in terms of recurrence and continence.

  7. Overview of anal fistula and systematic review of ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT).

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    Alasari, S; Kim, N K

    2014-01-01

    Anal fistula management has long been a challenge for surgeons. Presently, no technique exists that is ideal for treating all types of anal fistula, whether simple or complex. A higher incidence of poor sphincter function and recurrence after surgery has encouraged the development of a new sphincter-sparing procedure, ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT), first described by Van der Hagen et al. in 2006. We assessed the safety, feasibility, success rate, and continence of LIFT as a sphincter-saving procedure. A literature search of articles in electronic databases published from January 2006 to August 2012 was performed. Analysis followed Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews recommendations. All LIFT-related articles published in the English language were included. We excluded case reports, abstracts, letters, non-English language articles, and comments. The procedure was described in detail as reported by Rojanasakul. Thirteen original studies, including 435 patients, were reviewed. The most common fistula procedure type was transsphincteric (92.64 %). The overall median operative time was 39 (±20.16) min. Eight authors performed LIFT as a same-day surgery, whereas the others admitted patients to the hospital, with an overall median stay of 1.25 days (range 1-5 days). Postoperative complications occurred in 1.88 % of patients. All patients remained continent postoperatively. The overall mean length of follow-up was 33.92 (±17.0) weeks. The overall mean healing rate was 81.37 (±16.35) % with an overall mean healing period of 8.15 (±5.96) weeks. Fistula recurrence occurred in 7.58 % of patients. LIFT represents a new, easy-to-learn, and inexpensive sphincter-sparing procedure that provides reasonable results. LIFT is safe and feasible, with favorable short- and long-term outcomes. However, additional prospective randomized studies are required to confirm these findings.

  8. [Diagnostic value of multi-slice spiral computerized tomographic fistulography in congenital fistula of neck].

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    Zheng, H; Ye, Q; Wang, X Y; Zheng, X H; Yang, X Q; Chen, Y; Jiang, Y; Li, R Y

    2017-08-07

    Objective: To investigate the usefulness and effectiveness of multi-slice spiral computerized tomographic fistulography (MSCTF) in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital fistula of neck. Methods: Thirty-four patients with thyroglossal fistulasor branchial cleft fistulas who were initial treated from July 2008 to August 2015 in Fujian Provincial Hospital were retrospectively analyses. Thirteen males and 21 females patients aging from 3 to 46 years old with a median age of 37 were included. There were thyroglossal fistula in 6 cases, the first branchialcleft fistula in 9 cases, the second branchialcleft fistula in 3 cases, the third branchialcleft fistula in 9 cases, and the fourth branchialcleft fistula in 7 cases. All the patients underwent preopeative MSCTF and the diagnoses were finally confirmed with surgery and histopathology. Multiplanar reconstruction(MPR), maximumintensity projection(MIP)and volume rendering(VR) were completed with AW Volume Share 4.2 image processing software after initial CT scanning.The internal openings, distribution, and neighboring relationship of the fistulas showed by MSCTF were analyzed and the surgical strategies were subsequently made. Results: Except 2 cases, 32 patients had obtained successfully MSCTF image. The presence and location of the fistulas could be showed clearly on MSCTF. Based on the results of MSCTF examination, the surgical planes to treat the fistulas were made. The fistulas in all cases were successfully found and excised. Three cases underwent selective neck dissection. Postoperative infection occurred in 1 case. Unilateral vocal fold paralysis due to surgery recovered 3 months after surgery with follow-up. One case lost follow-up, the remaining 33 cases were followed up for 13-97 months with no the fistula recurrence. Conclusions: MSCTF could provide valuable information and benefit surgical planning by demonstrating the coursesof congenital fistulas of neck in detail.

  9. The use of a staged drainage seton for the treatment of anal fistulae or fistulous abscesses.

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    Lim, Cheong Ho; Shin, Hyeon Keun; Kang, Wook Ho; Park, Chan Ho; Hong, Sa Min; Jeong, Seung Kyu; Kim, June Young; Yang, Hyung Kyu

    2012-12-01

    The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the rate of recurrence and incontinence after the treatment of fistulae or fistulous abscesses by using the staged drainage seton method. According to the condition, a drainage seton alone or a drainage seton combined with internal opening (IO) closure and relocation of the seton was used. After a period of time, the seton was changed with 3-0 nylon; then, after another period of time, the authors terminated the treatment by removing the 3-0 nylon. Telephone interviews were used for follow-up. The following were evaluated: the relationship between the type of fistula and recurrence; the relationship between the type of fistula and the period of treatment; the relationship between the recurrence and presence of abscess; the relationship between IO closure and recurrence; the relationship between the period of seton change and recurrence; reported continence for flatus, liquid stool, and solid stool. The recurrence rate of fistulae or suppuration was 6.5%, but for cases of horseshoe extension, the recurrence rate was 57.1%. The rate of recurrence was related to the type of fistula (P = 0.001). Incontinence developed in 3.8% of the cases. No statistically significant relationship was found between the rate of recurrence and the presence of an abscess or between the closure of the IO and the period of seton change or removal. In the treatment of anal fistulae or fistulous abscesses, the use of a staged drainage seton can reduce the rate of recurrence and incontinence.

  10. [Nephrocutaneous fistula revealing xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis].

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    Scotté, M; Sibert, L; Soury, P; Lebret, T; Gobet, F; Grise, P; Tenière, P

    1993-01-01

    A patient presented with a reno-cutaneous fistula revealing a xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis secondary to staghorn calculus. Total nephrectomy was necessary because of renal destruction. This treatment allowed closure of the fistula and a good clinical result.

  11. Feasibility of a bilateral regional sternocleidomastoid muscular flap in the closure of a persistent acquired tracheopharyngeal fistula.

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    Goh, Liang Chye; Santhi, Kalimuthu; Arvin, Balachandran; Mohd Razif, Mohamad Yunus

    2016-08-26

    An acquired persistent tracheopharyngeal fistula secondary to an infected tracheopharyngeal voice prosthesis is a common cause of recurrent aspiration pneumonia in a postlaryngectomy patient. We report a case of a successfully treated tracheopharyngeal fistula whereby both the sternocleidomastoid muscles were used as muscular flaps to close the defect and its outcome.

  12. Modified Plug Repair with Limited Sphincter Sparing Fistulectomy in the Treatment of Complex Anal Fistulas

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    Köckerling, Ferdinand; von Rosen, Thomas; Jacob, Dietmar

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: New technical approaches involving biologically derived products have been used to treat complex anal fistulas in order to avoid the risk of fecal incontinence. The least invasive methods involve filling out the fistula tract with fibrin glue or introduction of an anal fistula plug into the fistula canal following thorough curettage. A review shows that the new techniques involving biologically derived products do not confer any significant advantages. Therefore, the question inevitably arises as to whether the combination of a partial or limited fistulectomy, i.e., of the extrasphincteric portion of the fistula, and preservation of the sphincter muscle by repairing the section of the complex anal fistula running through the sphincter muscle and filling it with a fistula plug produces better results. Methods: A modified plug technique was used, in which the extrasphincteric portion of the complex anal fistula was removed by means of a limited fistulectomy and the remaining section of the fistula in the sphincter muscle was repaired using the fistula plug with fixing button. Results: Of the 52 patients with a complex anal fistula, who had undergone surgery using a modified plug repair with limited fistulectomy of the extrasphincteric part of the fistula and use of the fistula plug with fixing button, there are from 40 patients (follow-up rate: 77%) some kind of follow-up informations, after a mean of 19.32 ± 6.9 months. Thirty-two were men and eight were women, with a mean age of 52.97 ± 12.22 years. Surgery was conducted to treat 36 transsphincteric, 1 intersphincteric, and 3 rectovaginal fistulas. In 36 of 40 patients (90%), the complex anal fistulas or rectovaginal fistulas were completely healed without any sign of recurrence. None of these patients complained about continence problems. Conclusion: A modification of the plug repair of complex anal fistulas with limited fistulectomy of the extrasphincteric part of the fistula and use of the

  13. Modified plug repair with limited sphincter sparing fistulectomy in the treatment of complex anal fistulas.

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    Köckerling, Ferdinand; von Rosen, Thomas; Jacob, Dietmar

    2014-01-01

    New technical approaches involving biologically derived products have been used to treat complex anal fistulas in order to avoid the risk of fecal incontinence. The least invasive methods involve filling out the fistula tract with fibrin glue or introduction of an anal fistula plug into the fistula canal following thorough curettage. A review shows that the new techniques involving biologically derived products do not confer any significant advantages. Therefore, the question inevitably arises as to whether the combination of a partial or limited fistulectomy, i.e., of the extrasphincteric portion of the fistula, and preservation of the sphincter muscle by repairing the section of the complex anal fistula running through the sphincter muscle and filling it with a fistula plug produces better results. A modified plug technique was used, in which the extrasphincteric portion of the complex anal fistula was removed by means of a limited fistulectomy and the remaining section of the fistula in the sphincter muscle was repaired using the fistula plug with fixing button. Of the 52 patients with a complex anal fistula, who had undergone surgery using a modified plug repair with limited fistulectomy of the extrasphincteric part of the fistula and use of the fistula plug with fixing button, there are from 40 patients (follow-up rate: 77%) some kind of follow-up informations, after a mean of 19.32 ± 6.9 months. Thirty-two were men and eight were women, with a mean age of 52.97 ± 12.22 years. Surgery was conducted to treat 36 transsphincteric, 1 intersphincteric, and 3 rectovaginal fistulas. In 36 of 40 patients (90%), the complex anal fistulas or rectovaginal fistulas were completely healed without any sign of recurrence. None of these patients complained about continence problems. A modification of the plug repair of complex anal fistulas with limited fistulectomy of the extrasphincteric part of the fistula and use of the plug with fixing button seems to

  14. Management of Complex Anal Fistulas

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    Bubbers, Emily J.; Cologne, Kyle G.

    2016-01-01

    Complex anal fistulas require careful evaluation. Prior to any attempts at definitive repair, the anatomy must be well defined and the sepsis resolved. Several muscle-sparing approaches to anal fistula are appropriate, and are often catered to the patient based on their presentation and previous repairs. Emerging technologies show promise for fistula repair, but lack long-term data. PMID:26929751

  15. [Tuberculous prostato-rectal fistula].

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    Rabii, Redouane; Fekak, Hamid; el Manni, Ahmed; Joual, Abdenbi; Benjelloun, Saad; el Mrini, Mohammed

    2002-09-01

    In a 60-year-old man admitted for right epididymo-orchitis with scrotal fistula and urine leak via the rectum, the diagnosis of tuberculosis was based on histological examination of a tissue sample of the scrotal fistula. The fistula was successfully treated with tuberculostatic drugs and cystostomy.

  16. The fistulectome: a new device for treatment of complex anal fistulas by "Core-Out" fistulectomy.

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    Tasci, Ihsan

    2003-11-01

    In an attempt to improve the quality of life of patients with high anal fistula, we developed a new mechanical device, a "fistulectome," which excises the fistula tract in a totally controlled manner, particularly useful in the treatment of high anal fistulas. The "fistulectomy set" consists of a flexible shaft, cannulation and fixation guides, an incisor mouth, and a handle, which is simultaneously used for motor housing. The principle of the treatment is to excise approximately 2-mm thickness of the fistula tract circumferentially, which in fact is a "coring-out" procedure. The fistula tract is likewise transformed into a cylindrical cavity encircled by healthy tissue. This is achieved by the fistulectomy set, consisting of a flexible shaft, cannulation and fixation guides, an incisor mouth, and a handle simultaneously used for motor housing. Between March 2001 and April 2002, a total of 13 consecutive patients with anal fistula underwent excision of fistula tracts. All patients except one had previously been operated on for anal fistula. The distribution of fistulas was as follows: transsphincteric, six patients; suprasphincteric, three patients; extrasphincteric, three patients; multiple, one patient. Mean follow-up was 13.4 (range 7.5-18) months. Gas incontinence in one patient, soiling in one patient, and recurrence in one patient was observed. No recurrences, stool, or gas incontinence were observed in ten patients. Excision of fistula tract performed by the recently developed fistulectome is a minimally invasive, safe, and effective method to be considered in the treatment of anal fistula. The results obtained up to date were encouraging, although the patient number was limited.

  17. Recurrent gallstone ileus.

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    Hayes, Nicolas; Saha, Sanjoy

    2012-11-01

    Mechanical small bowel obstructions caused by gallstones account for 1% to 3% of cases. In these patients, 80% to 90% of residual gallstones in these patients will pass through a remaining fistula without consequence. Recurrent gallstone ileus has been reported in 5% of patients. We report the case of a woman, aged 72 years, who presented with mechanical small bowel obstruction caused by gallstone ileus. After successful surgical therapy for gallstone ileus, the patient's symptoms recurred, and she was diagnosed with recurrent gallstone ileus requiring a repeat operation. While management of gallstone ileus can be achieved through a single-stage operation including enterolithotomy and cholecystectomy with repair of biliary-enteric fistula or by enterolithotomy alone, the literature supports enterolithotomy alone as the treatment of choice for gallstone ileus due to decreased mortality and morbidity. However, the latter approach does not obviate potential recurrence. We present this case of recurrent gallstone ileus to elucidate and review the pathogenesis, presentation, diagnosis, and consensus recommendations regarding management of this disorder.

  18. The over-the-scope clip system – a novel technique for gastrocutaneous fistula closure: The first North American experience

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    Kothari, Truptesh H; Haber, Gregory; Sonpal, Niket; Karanth, Nithin

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The mainstay of therapy for gastrocutaneous (GC) fistulas has been surgical intervention. However, endoclips are currently used for management of perforations and fistulas but are limited by their ability to entrap and hold the tissue. OBJECTIVE: To report the first North American experience with a commercially available over-the-scope clip (OTSC) device, a novel and new tool for the endoscopic entrapment of tissue for the closure of fistula and perforations. METHODS: The present single-centre study was conducted at a tertiary referral academic gastroenterology unit and centre for advanced therapeutic endoscopy and involved patients referred for endoscopic treatment for the closure of a GC fistula. The OTSC device was mounted on the tip of the endoscope and passed into the stomach to the level of the fistula. The targeted site of the fistula was grasped with the tissue anchoring tripod and pulled into the cap with concomitant scope channel suction. Once the tissue was trapped in the cap, a ‘bear claw’ clip was deployed. RESULTS: The patients recovered with fistula closure. No complication or recurrence was noted. Fistula sizes >1 cm, however, were difficult to close with the OTSC system. The length of stay of the bear claw clip at the fistula site is unpredictable, which may lead to incomplete closure of the fistula. CONCLUSION: Closure of a GC fistula using a novel ‘bear claw’ clip system is feasible and safe. PMID:22506258

  19. Permacol™ collagen paste injection for the treatment of complex anal fistula: 1-year follow-up.

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    Fabiani, B; Menconi, C; Martellucci, J; Giani, I; Toniolo, G; Naldini, G

    2017-03-01

    Optimal surgical treatment for anal fistula should result in healing of the fistula track and preserve anal continence. The aim of this study was to evaluate Permacol™ collagen paste (Covidien plc, Gosport, Hampshire, UK) injection for the treatment of complex anal fistulas, reporting feasibility, safety, outcome and functional results. Between May 2013 and December 2014, 21 consecutive patients underwent Permacol paste injection for complex anal fistula at our institutions. All patients underwent fistulectomy and seton placement 6-8 weeks before Permacol™ paste injection. Follow-up duration was 12 months. Eighteen patients (85.7%) had a high transsphincteric anal fistula, and three female patients (14.3%) had an anterior transsphincteric fistula. Fistulas were recurrent in three patients (14.3%). Seven patients (33%) had a fistula with multiple tracts. After a follow-up of 12 months, ten patients were considered healed (overall success rate 47.6%). The mean preoperative FISI score was 0.33 ± 0.57 and 0.61 ± 1.02 after 12 months. Permacol™ paste injection was safe and effective in some patients with complex anal fistula without compromising continence.

  20. Surgical Correction of an Arteriovenous Fistula in a Ring-Tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)

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    Boedeker, Nancy C; Guzzetta, Philip; Rosenthal, Steven L; Padilla, Luis R; Murray, Suzan; Newman, Kurt

    2014-01-01

    A 10-y-old ovariohysterectomized ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) was presented for exacerbation of respiratory signs. The lemur had a history of multiple examinations for various problems, including traumatic lacerations and recurrent perivulvar dermatitis. Examination revealed abnormal lung sounds and a femoral arteriovenous fistula with a palpable thrill and auscultable bruit in the right inguinal area. A diagnosis of congestive heart failure was made on the basis of exam findings, radiography, abdominal ultrasonography, and echocardiography. The lemur was maintained on furosemide until surgical ligation of the fistula was performed. Postoperative examination confirmed successful closure of the fistula and resolution of the signs of heart failure. Arteriovenous fistulas are abnormal connections between an artery and a vein that bypass the capillary bed. Large arteriovenous fistulas may result in decreased peripheral resistance and an increase in cardiac output with consequent cardiomegaly and high output heart failure. This lemur's high-flow arteriovenous fistula with secondary heart failure may have been iatrogenically induced during blood collection by prior femoral venipuncture. To our knowledge, this report is the first description of an arteriovenous fistula in a prosimian. Successful surgical correction of suspected iatrogenic femoral arteriovenous fistulas in a cynomolgus monkey (Macaca fascicularis) and a rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) have been reported previously. Arteriovenous fistula formation should be considered as a rare potential complication of venipuncture and as a treatable cause of congestive heart failure in lemurs. PMID:24672831

  1. Surgical correction of an arteriovenous fistula in a ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta).

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    Boedeker, Nancy C; Guzzetta, Philip; Rosenthal, Steven L; Padilla, Luis R; Murray, Suzan; Newman, Kurt

    2014-02-01

    A 10-y-old ovariohysterectomized ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) was presented for exacerbation of respiratory signs. The lemur had a history of multiple examinations for various problems, including traumatic lacerations and recurrent perivulvar dermatitis. Examination revealed abnormal lung sounds and a femoral arteriovenous fistula with a palpable thrill and auscultable bruit in the right inguinal area. A diagnosis of congestive heart failure was made on the basis of exam findings, radiography, abdominal ultrasonography, and echocardiography. The lemur was maintained on furosemide until surgical ligation of the fistula was performed. Postoperative examination confirmed successful closure of the fistula and resolution of the signs of heart failure. Arteriovenous fistulas are abnormal connections between an artery and a vein that bypass the capillary bed. Large arteriovenous fistulas may result in decreased peripheral resistance and an increase in cardiac output with consequent cardiomegaly and high output heart failure. This lemur's high-flow arteriovenous fistula with secondary heart failure may have been iatrogenically induced during blood collection by prior femoral venipuncture. To our knowledge, this report is the first description of an arteriovenous fistula in a prosimian. Successful surgical correction of suspected iatrogenic femoral arteriovenous fistulas in a cynomolgus monkey (Macaca fascicularis) and a rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) have been reported previously. Arteriovenous fistula formation should be considered as a rare potential complication of venipuncture and as a treatable cause of congestive heart failure in lemurs.

  2. Complicated rectovaginal fistula secondary to Bartholin's cyst infection.

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    Nasser, Haydar A; Mendes, Vanessa Marron; Zein, Farah; Tanios, Bassem Y; Berjaoui, Tarek

    2014-04-01

    Rectovaginal fistula formation secondary to Bartholin's cyst is a very rare complication, and to date only three cases were reported in the literature. We report a case of a 32-year-old woman who suffered recurrent episodes of Bartholin's cyst infection with subsequent abscess formation that resulted in rectovaginal fistula formation. We treated her initially with transperineal repair; however, the fistulous tract recurred a month later. A laparoscopic colostomy and transperineal repair using biological graft was then performed, with excellent results. The patient underwent reversal of colostomy after 2 months, and remained asymptomatic upon follow-up 12 months later.

  3. Endovascular Repair of a Secondary Aorto-Appendiceal Fistula

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    Tse, Donald M. L.; Thompson, Andrew R. A.; Perkins, Jeremy; Bratby, Mark J.; Anthony, Susan; Uberoi, Raman

    2011-10-15

    Aortoenteric fistula (AEF) is an uncommon but serious complication occurring after aortic surgery and may occur at any site in the gastrointestinal tract, with the duodenum being the most common. Conventional surgical repair of secondary AEF has high mortality, whereas endovascular repair has emerged as an alternative treatment despite concerns about persistent or recurrent infection. We report the case of a 91-year old man who was admitted with rectal bleeding from an aorto-appendiceal fistula 9 years after open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. This rare site for AEF was diagnosed on computed tomography, and we present the first case of endovascular treatment of this uncommon complication.

  4. Management of Traumatic Sinus of Valsalva-Right Ventricular Fistulae

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    Murphy, J. Peter; Weiland, Anne P.; Adams, Phillip R.; Walker, William E.

    1986-01-01

    Residual intracardiac defects following penetrating injuries to the heart require thorough invasive evaluation and strong consideration for operative repair based upon the degree of hemodynamic compromise. Traumatic aortico-right ventricular fistulae result in high flow left-to-right shunts, and are associated with early onset of congestive failure. Operative repair requires utilization of total cardiopulmonary bypass, ventriculotomy and aortotomy to allow for thorough inspection of the ventricular septum, aortic valve cusps, and coronary ostia. Obliteration of both ends of the fistula (septal and sinus of Valsalva repair) minimizes the risk of recurrence. Images PMID:15227364

  5. Management of traumatic sinus of valsalva-right ventricular fistulae.

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    Murphy, J P; Weiland, A P; Adams, P R; Walker, W E

    1986-06-01

    Residual intracardiac defects following penetrating injuries to the heart require thorough invasive evaluation and strong consideration for operative repair based upon the degree of hemodynamic compromise. Traumatic aortico-right ventricular fistulae result in high flow left-to-right shunts, and are associated with early onset of congestive failure. Operative repair requires utilization of total cardiopulmonary bypass, ventriculotomy and aortotomy to allow for thorough inspection of the ventricular septum, aortic valve cusps, and coronary ostia. Obliteration of both ends of the fistula (septal and sinus of Valsalva repair) minimizes the risk of recurrence.

  6. High ligation of the fistula track by lateral approach: a modified sphincter-saving technique for advanced anal fistulas.

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    Chen, T-A; Liu, K-Y; Yeh, C-Y

    2012-09-01

    Ligation of the intersphincteric fistula track is a novel surgical procedure with the advantage of avoiding anal incontinence. We conducted a preliminary investigation of a modified technique for complicated trans-sphincteric anal fistula by high ligation of the track using a lateral approach. From June 2010 to May 2011, 10 patients received high ligation of the fistula track using a lateral approach. Patients selected for the procedure had a mature trans-sphincteric type of anal fistula that involved a significant amount of the external sphincter. Patients with early fistulous abscess or with a history of previous anal surgery were excluded. The surgical technique involved making an incision from the external opening and extending this towards the direction of the internal opening, dissection of the fistula from the underlying soft tissue, high ligation above the internal sphincter and removal of the distal part of the fistula track for pathological examination. Of the 10 patients, eight were men and the mean ± SD age was 40.5 ± 7.23 years. The median (range) duration of follow-up was 7 (6-10) months. In all patients, the wound was completely healed by the sixth postoperative week. Two cases of recurrence were noted later and were successfully managed by traditional fistulotomy. High-ligation surgery of the fistula track for trans-sphincteric anal fistula, aimed at total anal sphincter preservation, has shown encouraging early results. Long-term follow-up and randomized controlled trials are necessary. © 2012 The Authors. Colorectal Disease © 2012 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  7. Portal Hypertension Secondary to Spontaneous Arterio-Portal Venous Fistulas: Transcatheter Arterial Embolization with n-Butyl Cyanoacrylate and Microcoils

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    Yamagami, Takuji; Nakamura, Toshiyuki; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2000-09-15

    We report a 73-year-old man with recurrent variceal bleeding due to portal hypertension caused by multiple intrahepatic arterio-portal venous fistulas, which were successfully occluded by embolization with n-butyl cyanoacrylate and micro-coils.

  8. [Efficacy of the treatment of pharyngeal fistula through pectoralis major myocutaneous flap combined with fistula local skin inversion in 20 cases].

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    Wang, Q; Liu, Y H; Hu, G Q; Zhao, Y

    2016-08-01

    To sum up the efficacy of treatment of pharyngeal fistula through pectoralis major myocutaneous flap combined with fistula local skin inversion in 20 patients. A retrospective analysis of the therapeutic efficacy in 20 cases of laryngeal and laryngopharyngeal cancer with postoperative pharyngeal fistula, to whom double-deck repairing were operated on through pectoralis major myocutaneous island flap combined with inversion of skin around fistula from January 2010 to December 2013. 20 patients were treated by improved pharyngeal fistula inverting suture of pectoralis major myocutaneous flap combined with the skin around the pharyngeal fistula. Flap around the fistula were sutured without tension formation. The pectoralis major myocutaneous flaps were sutured without tension formation covering the inner flanging flap wound. 20 patients were on a nasogastric liquid diet after operation for one week and received antibiotics to prevent infection. Then they all took liquid diet after one week, and had extubation safely later. Stitches were removed 10 more days later. All the twenty patients were recovered successfully, among them, 16 cases recovered in stage Ⅰ and left the hospital 10 days later, 4 cases recovered in stage Ⅱ and left the hospital 20 days later. All the 4 cases recovered in stage Ⅱ were treated with radiotherapy. Fistulas less than 1 cm occurred near their anastomotic stomas at 7 to 14 days after operation. They were healed well by dressing change and pressure dressing. No recurrence was observed during the six months follow-up. Pectoralis major myocutaneous flap combined with fistula local skin inversion is a good way to repair pharyngeal fistula, and it is suitable for the laryngeal and laryngopharynx cancer patients with postoperative throat fistula in an internal diameter larger than 2 cm.

  9. The intelligibility of tracheoesophageal speech, with an emphasis on the voiced-voiceless distinction.

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    Jongmans, P; Hilgers, F J M; Pols, L C W; van As-Brooks, C J

    2006-01-01

    Total laryngectomy has far-reaching effects on vocal tract anatomy and physiology. The preferred method for restoring postlaryngectomy oral communication is prosthetic tracheoesophageal (TE) speech, which like laryngeal speech is pulmonary driven. TE speech quality is better than esophageal or electrolarynx speech quality, but still very deviant from laryngeal speech. For a better understanding of neoglottis physiology and for improving rehabilitation results, study of TE speech intelligibility remains important. Methods used were perceptual evaluation, acoustic analyses, and digital high-speed imaging. First results show large variations between speakers and especially difficulty in producing voiced-voiceless distinction. This paper discusses first results of our experiment.

  10. Perception of pre-vocalic and post-vocalic consonants produced by tracheoesophageal speakers.

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    Doyle, P C; Haaf, R G

    1989-12-01

    The purpose of this project was to investigate the perception of consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) stimuli produced by four tracheoesophageal (TE) speakers. Stimuli were representative of five phonetic manner classes (stop, fricative, affricate, nasal, and liquidglide). Twelve naive normal-hearing young adults served as listeners. Stimuli were presented via headphones and listeners were prepared and analyses of the data were conducted for individual speakers and for the entire group. The listeners' perceptual judgments were analyzed for each manner of production by phonetic context. Based on statistical analyses of the data obtained, all four speakers were perceived by listeners to produce post-vocalic consonants with significantly better intelligibility.

  11. [Management of postoperative pancreatic fistula].

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    Hackert, T; Büchler, M W

    2015-06-01

    The occurrence of a postoperative pancreatic fistula is one of the most important complications following pancreatic resections. The frequency of this complication varies between 3 % after pancreatic head resection and up to 35 % following distal pancreatectomy. In 2005, the international definition of postoperative pancreatic fistula was standardized according to the approach of the International Study Group of Pancreatic Surgery (ISGPS) including an A-C grading system of the severity. Consequently, results from different studies have become comparable and the historically reported fistula rates can be evaluated more critically. The present review summarises the currently available data on incidence, risk factors, fistula-associated complications and management of postoperative pancreatic fistula.

  12. Good clinical outcomes from a 7-year holistic programme of fistula repair in Guinea.

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    Delamou, Alexandre; Diallo, Moustapha; Beavogui, Abdoul Habib; Delvaux, Thérèse; Millimono, Sita; Kourouma, Mamady; Beattie, Karen; Barone, Mark; Barry, Thierno Hamidou; Khogali, Mohamed; Edginton, Mary; Hinderaker, Sven Gudmund; Ruminjo, Joseph; Zhang, Wei-Hong; De Brouwere, Vincent

    2015-06-01

    Female genital fistula remains a public health concern in developing countries. From January 2007 to September 2013, the Fistula Care project, managed by EngenderHealth in partnership with the Ministry of Health and supported by USAID, integrated fistula repair services in the maternity wards of general hospitals in Guinea. The objective of this article was to present and discuss the clinical outcomes of 7 years of work involving 2116 women repaired in three hospitals across the country. This was a retrospective cohort study using data abstracted from medical records for fistula repairs conducted from 2007 to 2013. The study data were reviewed during the period April to August 2014. The majority of the 2116 women who underwent surgical repair had vesicovaginal fistula (n = 2045, 97%) and 3% had rectovaginal fistula or a combination of both. Overall 1748 (83%) had a closed fistula and were continent of urine immediately after surgery. At discharge, 1795 women (85%) had a closed fistula and 1680 (79%) were dry, meaning they no longer leaked urine and/or faeces. One hundred and fifteen (5%) remained with residual incontinence despite fistula closure. Follow-up at 3 months was completed by 1663 (79%) women of whom 1405 (84.5%) had their fistula closed and 80% were continent. Twenty-one per cent were lost to follow-up. Routine programmatic repair for obstetric fistula in low resources settings can yield good outcomes. However, more efforts are needed to address loss to follow-up, sustain the results and prevent the occurrence and/or recurrence of fistula. © 2015 The Authors. Tropical Medicine & International Health Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  13. Salvage Procedure in Case of Urethrocavernous Fistula after Revision Surgery for Malfunctioning Three-Piece Penile Prosthesis

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    Caraceni, Enrico; Marronaro, Angelo; Leone, Luca

    2016-01-01

    Urethrocavernous fistula is a rare complication of penile prosthesis. Literature lacks any materials regarding this complication's treatment. We report our experience with a 66-year-old man who developed urethrocavernous fistula after penile prosthesis implant. Our technique involves the careful closure of urethral and corpus cavernosum defects with application of TachoSil® above the sutures. After the salvage procedure, no recurrence of fistula occurred and patient was able to have sexual intercourse. We believe that our technique may be successfully used in case of urethrocavernous fistula after penile prosthesis implant. PMID:26925286

  14. Coronary fistulas: a case series.

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    Nada, Fennich; Fedoua, Elouali; Ghita, Saghi; Nadia, Bouzammour; Leila, Haddour; Jamila, Zarzur; Mohamed, Cherti

    2014-01-01

    Coronary artery fistula is an uncommon finding during angiographic exams. We report a case series of five patients with congenital coronary fistulas. The first patient was 56 years old and had a coronary fistula associated with a partial atrio ventricular defect, the second patient was 54 years old and had two fistulas originating from the right coronary artery with a severe atherosclerotic coronary disease, the third patient was 57 years old with a fistula originating from the circumflex artery associated with a rheumatic mitral stenosis, the fourth patient was 50 years old and had a fistulous communication between the right coronary artery and the right bronchial artery, and the last patient was 12 years old who had bilateral coronary fistulas draining into the right ventricle with an aneurismal dilatation of the coronary arteries. Angiographic aspects of coronary fistulas are various; management is controversial and depends on the presence of symptoms.

  15. Coronary Fistulas: A Case Series

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    Fennich, Nada; Elouali, Fedoua; Saghi, Ghita; Bouzammour, Nadia; Haddour, Leila; Zarzur, Jamila; Cherti, Mohamed

    2014-01-01

    Coronary artery fistula is an uncommon finding during angiographic exams. We report a case series of five patients with congenital coronary fistulas. The first patient was 56 years old and had a coronary fistula associated with a partial atrio ventricular defect, the second patient was 54 years old and had two fistulas originating from the right coronary artery with a severe atherosclerotic coronary disease, the third patient was 57 years old with a fistula originating from the circumflex artery associated with a rheumatic mitral stenosis, the fourth patient was 50 years old and had a fistulous communication between the right coronary artery and the right bronchial artery, and the last patient was 12 years old who had bilateral coronary fistulas draining into the right ventricle with an aneurismal dilatation of the coronary arteries. Angiographic aspects of coronary fistulas are various; management is controversial and depends on the presence of symptoms. PMID:24501660

  16. Continuous-Course Reirradiation With Concurrent Carboplatin and Paclitaxel for Locally Recurrent, Nonmetastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head-and-Neck

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    Kharofa, Jordan; Choong, Nicholas; Wang, Dian; Firat, Selim; Schultz, Christopher; Sadasiwan, Chitra; Wong, Stuart

    2012-06-01

    Purpose: To examine the efficacy and toxicity of continuous-course, conformal reirradiation with weekly paclitaxel and carboplatin for the treatment of locally recurrent, nonmetastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) in a previously irradiated field. Methods and Materials: Patients treated with continuous course-reirradiation with concurrent carboplatin and paclitaxel at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Clement J. Zablocki VA from 2001 through 2009 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients included in the analysis had prior radiation at the site of recurrence of at least 45 Gy. The analysis included patients who received either intensity-modulated radiotherapy (RT) or three-dimensional conformal RT techniques. All patients received weekly concurrent carboplatin (AUC2) and paclitaxel (30-50 mg/m{sup 2}). Results: Thirty-eight patients with nonmetastatic SCCHN met the entry criteria for analysis. The primary sites at initial diagnosis were oropharyngeal or laryngeal in most patients (66%). Median reirradiation dose was 60 Gy (range, 54-70 Gy). Acute toxicity included Grade 2 neutropenia (5%), Grade 3 neutropenia (15%), and Grade 1/2 thrombocytopenia (8%). No deaths occurred from hematologic toxicity. Chemotherapy doses held (50%) was more prevalent than radiation treatment break (8%). Sixty-eight percent of patients required a gastrostomy tube in follow-up. Significant late toxicity was experienced in 6 patients (16%): 1 tracheoesophageal fistula, 1 pharyngocutaneous fistula, 3 with osteoradionecrosis, and 1 patient with a lingual artery bleed. Patients treated with three-dimensional conformal RT had more frequent significant late toxicites than patients treated with intensity-modulated RT (44% and 7% respectively, p < 0.05). The median time to progression was 7 months and progression-free rates at 1, 2, and 5 years was 44%, 34%, and 29% respectively. The median overall survival was 16 months. Overall survival at 1, 3, and 5 years was 54

  17. [Some critical issues in the diagnosis and treatment of complex anal fistula].

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    Ren, Donglin; Zhang, Heng

    2015-12-01

    In the past thirty years, colorectal surgeons have made great progress regarding the diagnosis and treatment of complex anal fistula, including the improvement of the accuracy of the preoperative evaluation of complex anal fistula, the improvement and standardization of the diagnosis and treatment of perianal fistulising Crohn's disease, the application of various "sphincter-sparing" procedures. However, complex anal fistula continues to prove a formidable challenge with a high recurrence rate and high incontinence rate. The variety of the surgical treatment also means that there is still no established "golden standard" with respect to that of the complex anal fistula. According to recent relevant literatures and personal experience, some critical issues in the diagnosis and treatment of complex anal fistula, including the approach to the accurate diagnosis, the value and significance of seton technique, the individual algorithm between the minimal invasive and extensive surgical treatments, the value of biopsy, are discussed in this article.

  18. [External pancreatic fistulas management].

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    Stepan, E V; Ermolov, A S; Rogal', M L; Teterin, Yu S

    2017-01-01

    The main principles of treatment of external postoperative pancreatic fistulas are viewed in the article. Pancreatic trauma was the reason of pancreatic fistula in 38.7% of the cases, operations because of acute pancreatitis - in 25.8%, and pancreatic pseudocyst drainage - in 35.5%. 93 patients recovered after the treatment. Complex conservative treatment of EPF allowed to close fistulas in 74.2% of the patients with normal patency of the main pancreatic duct (MPD). The usage of octreotide 600-900 mcg daily for at least 5 days to decrease pancreatic secretion was an important part of the conservative treatment. Endoscopic papillotomy was performed in patients with major duodenal papilla obstruction and interruption of transporting of pancreatic secretion to duodenum. Stent of the main pancreatic duct was indicated in patients with extended pancreatic duct stenosis to normalize transport of pancreatic secretion to duodenum. Surgical formation of anastomosis between distal part of the main pancreatic duct and gastro-intestinal tract was carried out when it was impossible to fulfill endoscopic stenting of pancreatic duct either because of its interruption and diastasis between its ends, or in the cases of unsuccessful conservative treatment of external pancreatic fistula caused by drainage of pseudocyst.

  19. A Nasogastric Tube Inserted into the Gastrocutaneous Fistula

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    Kim, Yang Soo; Kim, Joon Sung; Yu, In Hee; Jeong, Ji Young; Jung, Sung Hee; Jo, Yil Ryun

    2011-01-01

    We reported a case in which a nasogastric tube was inserted into the gastrocutaneous fistula, diagnosed by abdominal computed tomography. A 78-year-old man with a history of recurrent cerebral hemorrhage had a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube due to dysphagia for 2 years. However, soft tissue infection at the gastrostomy site caused the removal of the tube. Immediately, antibiotic agents were infused. For appropriate hydration and medication, a nasogastric tube was inserted. However, there was no significant improvement of the soft tissue infection. Moreover, the amount of bloody exudate increased. Abdominal computed tomography revealed the nasogastric tube placed under the patient's skin via gastrocutaneous fistula. The nasogastric tube was removed, and an antibiotic agents were maintained. After 3 weeks, the signs of infection fully improved, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy was performed again. This case shows necessities of an appropriate interval between removal of the gastrostomy tube and insertion of a nasogastric tube, and suspicion of existence of gastrocutaneous fistula. PMID:22506228

  20. Delayed platysma myocutaneous turnover flap for repair of pharyngocutaneous fistula.

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    Neubauer, Paul; Cañadas, Karina; Sasaki, Clarence T

    2015-01-01

    Pharyngocutaneous fistula (PCF) is a common and serious complication after total laryngectomy. Numerous surgical and non-surgical treatment approaches have been described. Here we describe a platysma myocutaneous turnover flap for repair of PCF. Platysma myocutaneous turnover flap is described and two patients are used as examples. Repair was initially successful in both patients; however, one patient had recurrence of fistula after her cancer recurred at the stoma. Numerous surgical techniques have been described for repair of PCF. Here a turnover flap was used, a technique not previously described for this problem. The delay technique enhances the viability of the flap thought to be through numerous mechanisms. The platysma myocutaneous turnover flap is useful for closure of pharyngocutaneous fistula when non-operative measures have failed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Mucinous adenocarcinoma on perianal fistula. A rising entity?

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    Alvarez-Laso, C J; Moral, S; Rodríguez, D; Carrocera, A; Azcano, E; Cabrera, A; Rodríguez, R

    2017-09-19

    Mucinous adenocarcinoma on perianal fistula is a rare entity; it could be underdiagnosed because it behaves often as a regular perianal fistula. We have recently treated four cases in our unit. We present them and review the literature, emphasizing on clinical characteristic and therapeutic options. The four patients were male with a mean age of 64. Three of them were classified as locally advances cases and therefore treated with neoadjuvant therapy. All of them underwent laparoscopic abdominoperineal escisión. Surgical specimens are described and clinical characteristic specified. Review of the literature shows that this disease has a very high potential risk of local recurrence and we must be aggressive with the resection. Sometimes plastic surgery is needed to reconstruct the perianal wound. Mucinous adenocarcinoma associated with anal fistula is a rare disease. Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy followed by an adequate abdominoperineal excision may result in favourable outcomes.

  2. Proof of Concept of a Tracheoesophageal Voice Prosthesis Insufflator for Speech Production After Total Laryngectomy.

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    Starmer, Heather; Taylor, Russell H; Noureldine, Salem I; Richmon, Jeremy D

    2017-07-01

    There may have a variety of reasons why patients are unable to produce tracheoesophageal speech after total laryngectomy (TL) including poor pulmonary reserve or other comorbidities that prevent adequate stoma occlusion and intratracheal pressure to voice. Other patients find it difficult, uncomfortable, or socially awkward to manually occlude the stoma with the finger or thumb. The study aimed to assess the feasibility of achieving TE speech with a prototype TE voice prosthesis insufflator (TEVPI). We prospectively assessed the feasibility of achieving TE speech with a commercially available continuous positive airway pressure device in six TL patients. The intervention is the use of a prototype TEVPI. A battery of acoustic and perceptual metrics were obtained and compared between TEVPI speech and standard tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis (TEVP) speech. Voicing was accomplished with the TEVPI in five of six participants. On average, the duration of phonation with TEVPI was shorter, not as loud, and perceived to be more difficult to produce compared to TEVP speech. The TEVPI is a feasible, hands-free solution for restoring speech after TL. Although the current model produced inferior acoustic metrics compared with standard TEVP speech, further modification and refinement of the device has the potential to produce much improved speech. Copyright © 2017 The Voice Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Tracheoesophageal voice following tubed free radial forearm flap reconstruction of the neopharynx.

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    Deschler, D G; Doherty, E T; Reed, C G; Anthony, J P; Singer, M I

    1994-12-01

    Tracheoesophageal voice restoration after laryngectomy is possible with a variety of neopharyngeal reconstructions. We have used the tubed radial forearm free flap for neopharyngeal reconstruction since 1991. Six patients have undergone voice restoration with the Blom-Singer prosthesis and were available for quantitative and qualitative speech analysis. These patients were compared to five laryngectomy patients with standard pharyngeal closures and similar voice restorations. The free flap patients produced similar loudness levels compared to the standards with soft speech (52.06 dB and 47.19 dB, respectively) and loud speech (62.66 dB and 60.91 dB, respectively). The free flap patients demonstrated adequate intelligibility, with fundamental frequencies comparable to standards (124.82 Hz and 135.66 Hz, respectively), although with increased jitter (5.00% versus 1.96%). No differences were statistically significant, but evaluation by trained and naive listeners demonstrated significant differences in voice quality. This quantitative and qualitative and qualitative analysis of tracheoesophageal speech after radial forearm free flap reconstruction of the neopharynx demonstrates that acceptable voice can be achieved, but with limitations.

  4. Automatic evaluation of tracheoesophageal substitute voice: sustained vowel versus standard text.

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    Bocklet, Tobias; Toy, Hikmet; Nöth, Elmar; Schuster, Maria; Eysholdt, Ulrich; Rosanowski, Frank; Gottwald, Frank; Haderlein, Tino

    2009-01-01

    The Hoarseness Diagram, a program for voice quality analysis used in German-speaking countries, was compared with an automatic speech recognition system with a module for prosodic analysis. The latter computed prosodic features on the basis of a text recording. We examined whether voice analysis of sustained vowels and text analysis correlate in tracheoesophageal speakers. Test speakers were 24 male laryngectomees with tracheoesophageal substitute speech, age 60.6 +/- 8.9 years. Each person read the German version of the text 'The North Wind and the Sun'. Additionally, five sustained vowels were recorded from each patient. The fundamental frequency (F(0)) detected by both programs was compared for all vowels. The correlation between the measures obtained by the Hoarseness Diagram and the features from the prosody module was computed. Both programs have problems in determining the F(0) of highly pathologic voices. Parameters like jitter, shimmer, F(0), and irregularity as computed by the Hoarseness Diagram from vowels show correlations of about -0.8 with prosodic features obtained from the text recordings. Voice properties can reliably be evaluated both on the basis of vowel and text recordings. Text analysis, however, also offers possibilities for the automatic evaluation of running speech since it realistically represents everyday speech. Copyright 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  5. Follow-Up of 58 Traumatic Carotid-Cavernous Fistulas after Endovascular Detachable-Balloon Embolization at a Single Center

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    Xu, Xiao-Quan; Liu, Sheng; Zu, Qing-Quan; Zhao, Lin-Bo; Xia, Jin-Guo; Zhou, Chun-Gao; Zhou, Wei-Zhong

    2013-01-01

    Background and Purpose This study evaluated the clinical value of detachable-balloon embolization for traumatic carotid-cavernous fistula (TCCF), focusing on the frequency, risk factors, and retreatment of recurrence. Methods Fifty-eight patients with TCCF underwent transarterial detachable-balloon embolization between October 2004 and March 2011. The clinical follow-up was performed every 3 months until up to 3 years postprocedure. Each patient was placed in either the recurrence group or the nonrecurrence group according to whether a recurrence developed after the first procedure. The relevant factors including gender, fistula location, interval between trauma and the interventional procedure, blood flow in the carotid-cavernous fistula, number of balloons, and whether the internal carotid artery (ICA) was sacrificed were evaluated. Results All 58 TCCFs were successfully treated with transarterial balloon embolization, including 7 patients with ICA sacrifice. Recurrent fistulas occurred in seven patients during the follow-up period. Univariate analysis indicated that the interval between trauma and the interventional procedure (p=0.006) might be the main factor related to the recurrence of TCCF. The second treatments involved ICA sacrifice in two patients, fistula embolization with balloons in four patients, and placement of a covered stent in one patient. Conclusions Detachable balloons can still serve as the first-line treatment for TCCFs and recurrent TCCFs despite having a nonnegligible recurrence rate. Shortening the interval between trauma and the interventional procedure may reduce the risk of recurrence. PMID:23626645

  6. Occlusion of a hepatic artery to portal vein fistula with Bucrylate

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    Kerlan, R.K. Jr.; Hoddick, W.K.; Pogany, A.C.; Bank, W.O.; Sollenberger, R.D.

    1983-08-01

    A 49-year-old woman with cirrhosis and portal hypertension was evaluated for a portal-systemic shunt procedure following recurrent variceal hemorrhage. The preoperative visceral angiogram demonstrated a hepatic arterial to portal venous fistula, presumably a complication of a previous liver biopsy. The fistula was successfully closed using isobutyl-2-cyanoacrylate (Bucrylate) delivered through a flow-directed, calibrated-leak balloon microcatheter.

  7. Late onset tracheo-oesophageal fistula following a swallowed dental plate.

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    Rajesh, P B; Goiti, J J

    1993-01-01

    Swallowing dentures and dental plates has been a cause of distress among elderly patients. Tracheo-oesophageal fistula caused by a foreign body is rare and of the cases reported in the literature only one was due to a swallowed denture which resulted in a recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy [4]. We describe a delayed onset tracheo-oesophageal fistula due to a swallowed dental plate in a young patient.

  8. Endovascular Coil Embolization in a Postnephrostomy Renal Vein to Renal Pelvis Fistula

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    Anil, Gopinathan Taneja, Manish

    2011-02-15

    We report the case of a 74-year-old man with post-percutaneous-nephrostomy venous hemorrhage from an iatrogenic fistula between the renal pelvis and a large tributary of the renal vein. Conservative management failed to contain the hemorrhage. Hence the fistula was occluded by coil embolization through the renal vein. This endovascular approach enabled rapid and effective stoppage of the venous bleed.There was no recurrence of the bleed or any pertinent complication at 3-month follow-up.

  9. Urethrovaginal fistulae associated with tension-free vaginal tape procedures: a clinical challenge.

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    Reisenauer, Christl; Janowitz, Julian; Wallwiener, Diethelm; Huebner, Markus

    2014-03-01

    Seven women with urethrovaginal fistulae and penetration of tension-free vaginal tape into the urethra were treated at our department between July 2007 and March 2013. Fistulae were diagnosed 1 month to 10 years after midurethral sling placement. All were managed surgically. Five patients developed recurrent postoperative stress urinary incontinence, which was treated conservatively in all cases. In three cases, additional surgical treatment using a midurethral sling was performed.

  10. [Enterocutaneous fistula formation in a dog as a result of colonic foreign body perforation].

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    Wunderlin, N; Biel, M; Peppler, C; Amort, K; Kramer, M

    2012-04-24

    A 5-year-old female Poodle was presented with a 3-month history of recurrent abscess and fistula formation on the right abdominal wall. Radiographic and ultrasonographic examinations demonstrated an enterocutaneous fistula formation secondary to foreign body perforation of the colon. Additionally, the diagnosis of a pyometra was made. Twenty-four hours after surgical therapy (ventral midline coeliotomy, foreign body removal, closure of the colon perforation, abdominal lavage and drainage, revision of the fistula) the patient was euthanized due to sepsis and incipient multiorgan dysfunction.

  11. Direct and indirect costs for anal fistula in Sweden.

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    Lundqvist, Adam; Ahlberg, Ida; Hjalte, Frida; Ekelund, Mats

    2016-11-01

    Anal fistula is an abnormal tract with an external and internal opening that cause leakage, discomfort, and occasionally pain. Surgery is standard treatment, but recurrence and anal incontinence is common. The objective of the study was to analyze resource use, costs and sick leave for newly diagnosed patients with anal fistula in Sweden. The study was based on register data from linkages between Swedish population-based registers including patients treated for anal fistula in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. Health care resource use, costs and sick leave were estimated. The sample included 362 patients of which 27% had no surgery, 37% had one surgery and 36% had multiple surgeries. Patients with multiple surgeries underwent over four surgeries on average. Approximately 67% of the contacts occurred during the first year after diagnosis. Estimated mean sick leave was 10.4 full-time equivalent days per patient. Total discounted costs were €5,561 per patient where approximately 80% were direct costs. To our knowledge this is the first study of resource use, costs and sick leave related to anal fistulas. The study indicates that anal fistula is a condition that is costly for society and that the burden of anal fistula in terms of health care resources and sick leave is especially high for patients experiencing multiple surgeries. Anal fistula is a condition that is costly for society and there is an unmet need for the group of patients with multiple surgeries to find appropriate treatment interventions. Copyright © 2016 IJS Publishing Group Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Embolization of Brain Aneurysms and Fistulas

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  13. Double Incomplete Internal Biliary Fistula: Coexisting Cholecystogastric and Cholecystoduodenal Fistula

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    Beksac, Kemal; Erkan, Arman; Kaynaroglu, Volkan

    2016-01-01

    Internal biliary fistula is a rare complication of a common surgical disease, cholelithiasis. It is seen in 0.74% of all biliary tract surgeries and is thought to be a result of repeated inflammatory periods of the gallbladder. In this report we present a case of incomplete cholecystogastric and cholecystoduodenal fistulae in a single patient missed by ultrasonography and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and diagnosed intraoperatively. In the literature there is only one report of an incomplete cholecystogastric fistula. To our knowledge this is the first case of double incomplete internal biliary fistulae. PMID:26904348

  14. Double Incomplete Internal Biliary Fistula: Coexisting Cholecystogastric and Cholecystoduodenal Fistula.

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    Beksac, Kemal; Erkan, Arman; Kaynaroglu, Volkan

    2016-01-01

    Internal biliary fistula is a rare complication of a common surgical disease, cholelithiasis. It is seen in 0.74% of all biliary tract surgeries and is thought to be a result of repeated inflammatory periods of the gallbladder. In this report we present a case of incomplete cholecystogastric and cholecystoduodenal fistulae in a single patient missed by ultrasonography and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and diagnosed intraoperatively. In the literature there is only one report of an incomplete cholecystogastric fistula. To our knowledge this is the first case of double incomplete internal biliary fistulae.

  15. [A case of primary carcinoma associated with anal fistula].

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    Nushijima, Youichirou; Nakano, Katsutoshi; Sugimoto, Keishi; Nakaguchi, Kazunori; Kan, Kazuomi; Maruyama, Hirohide; Doi, Sadayuki; Okamura, Shu; Murata, Kohei

    2014-11-01

    A 47-year-old man with no history of anal fistula was admitted to our hospital with a complaint of perianal pain. Computed tomography (CT) imaging revealed perianal abscess. Incision and drainage were performed under spinal anesthesia. Ten months after drainage, magnetic resonance imaging revealed anal fistula on the left side of the anus. Subsequently, core-out and seton procedures were performed for ischiorectalis type III anal fistula. Pathological examination of the resected specimen of anal fistula revealed a moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma, leading to the diagnosis of carcinoma associated with anal fistula. No distant metastases or enlarged lymph nodes were observed on positron emission tomography (PET)/CT. We performed abdominoperineal resection with wide resection of ischiorectalis fat tissue. The pathology results were tub2, A, ly0, v0, n0, PM0, DM0, RM0, H0, P0, M0, Stage II. Negative pressure wound therapy was performed for perineum deficiency, after which rapid wound healing was observed. Left inguinal lymph node recurrence was detected 8 months after surgery, for which radiotherapy was administered. Distant metastasis was detected 11 months after surgery. The patient died 21 months after surgery.

  16. Effectiveness of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone for Pharyngocutaneous Fistula Closure

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    Sari, Murat; Midi, Ahmet; Yumusakhuylu, Ali Cemal; Findik, Ozan; Binnetoglu, Adem

    2015-01-01

    Objectives In laryngeal cancer, which comprises 25% of head and neck cancer, chemotherapy has come into prominence with the increase in organ-protective treatments. With such treatment, salvage surgery has increased following recurrence; the incidence of pharyngocutaneous fistula has also increased in both respiratory and digestive system surgery. We investigated the effects of recombinant human growth hormone on pharyngocutaneous fistula closure in Sprague-Dawley rats, based on an increase in amino acid uptake and protein synthesis for wound healing, an increase in mitogenesis, and enhancement of collagen formation by recombinant human growth hormone. Methods This study was experimental animal study. Forty Sprague-Dawley rats were separated into two groups, and pharyngoesophagotomy was performed. The pharyngoesophagotomy was sutured with vicryl in both groups. Rats in group 1 (control group) received no treatment, while those in group 2 were administered a subcutaneous injection of recombinant human growth hormone daily. On day 14, the pharynx, larynx, and upper oesophagus were excised and examined microscopically. Results Pharyngocutaneous fistula exhibited better closure macroscopically in the recombinant human growth hormone group. There was a significant difference in collagen formation and epithelisation in the recombinant human growth hormone group compared to the control group. Conclusion This study is believed to be the first in which the effect of recombinant human growth hormone on pharyngocutaneous fistula closure was evaluated, and the findings suggest the potential of use of growth hormone for treatment of pharyngocutaneous fistula. PMID:26622960

  17. Magnetic resonance imaging for primary fistula in ano.

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    Buchanan, G N; Halligan, S; Williams, A B; Cohen, C R G; Tarroni, D; Phillips, R K S; Bartram, C I

    2003-07-01

    This was a prospective study designed to determine the therapeutic impact of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in primary fistula in ano, and to assess its effect on outcome. Thirty patients with suspected primary fistula in ano underwent preoperative MRI, and the findings were revealed during surgery following examination under anaesthesia (EUA). Any effect on operative approach was noted. Outcome was assessed at a median of 12 months. Two patients had sinuses, one had no sepsis and 27 had fistulas: five superficial, seven intersphincteric, 14 trans-sphincteric and one suprasphincteric. MRI and EUA agreed in 15 patients and MRI findings altered the surgical approach in a further three (10 per cent); two of the latter patients were believed to have a sinus at EUA, which MRI correctly identified as a fistula, allowing definitive treatment. The therapeutic impact of MRI was therefore 10 per cent. Persisting disagreement between MRI and EUA in 12 patients mostly related to minor discrepancies in classification. Only one patient required further unplanned surgery, which was for skin-bridging rather than any new sepsis. In experienced hands, MRI has a therapeutic impact of 10 per cent for primary fistula in ano, precipitating surgery that is likely to reduce recurrence in a small, but important, proportion of patients. Copyright 2003 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  18. Uterocutaneous Fistula Following Cesarean Section: Successful Management of a Case

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    Maddah, Ghodratollah; Fattahi, Asieh Sadat; Rahnama, Ali; Jamshidi, Shirin Taraz

    2016-01-01

    A uterocutaneous fistula is a rare clinical presentation that occurs following Cesarean section and other pelvic operations. There are only a few reports discussing the treatments. We describe a patient with successful surgical management and review the literature. A 25-year-old woman referred to our department 13 months after her first Cesarean section. She had a history of an abdominal mass and collection 2 months after surgery and some fistula opening with discharge from her previous incision. She had a previous surgical operation and antibiotic therapy without complete response. We performed fistulography to evaluate the tracts. In the operation — she had fistula tracts, one of which was between the uterus and skin. We debrided the necrotic tissue in the uterus, excised the fistula tracts, and drained the uterine cavity. At 8 months’ postoperative follow-up, she had no recurrence. A uterocutaneous fistula is a rare condition with many causes and needs proper investigation and timely medical and surgical management. PMID:26989289

  19. Minimally Invasive Anal Fistula Treatment (MAFT)-An Appraisal of Early Results in 416 Patients.

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    Chowbey, P K; Khullar, R; Sharma, A; Soni, V; Najma, K; Baijal, M

    2015-12-01

    Minimally invasive anal fistula treatment (MAFT) was introduced to minimize early postoperative morbidity, preserve sphincter continence, and reduce recurrence. We report our early experience with MAFT in 416 patients. Preoperative MRI was performed in 150 patients initially and subsequently thereafter. The technique involves fistuloscope-aided localization of internal fistula opening, examination and fulguration of all fistula tracks, and secure stapled closure of internal fistula opening within anal canal/rectum. MAFT was performed as day-care procedure in 391 patients (93.9 %). During surgery, internal fistula opening could not be located in 100 patients (24 %). Seven patients required readmission to hospital. Mean visual analog scale scores for pain on discharge and at 1 week were 3.1 (1-6) and 1.6 (0-3), respectively. Mean duration for return to normal activity was 3.2 days (2-11 days). Fistula recurrence was observed in 35/134 patients (26.1 %) at 1 year follow-up. MAFT may be performed as day-care procedure with benefits of less pain, absence of perianal wounds, faster recovery, and preservation of sphincter continence. However, long-term results from more centers are needed especially for recurrence.

  20. Buccinator flap as a method for palatal fistula and VPI management

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    Abdaly, Hosein; Omranyfard, Mahmood; Ardekany, Mehdy Rasty; Babaei, Kamran

    2015-01-01

    Background: Secondary palatal fistula and velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) are two major complications of palatoplasty. Various methods have been introduced for surgical repair of these complications; however, most of them are associated with a high recurrence rate and morbidity. This study was designed to evaluate the use of the buccinator myomucosal flap in the reconstruction of palatal fistula and velopharyngeal insufficiency following primary palatoplasty. Materials and Methods: This study was performed on 25 patients who had either secondary palatal fistula or velopharyngeal insufficiency. Their defects were repaired by buccinator myomucosal flaps (BMFs). Patients were followed for 8 weeks and follow-up visits were arranged at 1, 2, 4, and 8 weeks after discharge. Results: All BMFs were harvested and transposed successfully. The length of the soft palate increased 15.14 ± 1.13 mm postoperatively. One patient (4%) had flap dehiscence 6 days after the operation with no flap ischemia or necrosis. Another patient (4%) experienced recurrence of the palatal fistula with marginal necrosis of the BMF 6 weeks after the operation. Otherwise, no case of fistula recurrence, infection, flap ischemia or necrosis and donor-site morbidity was observed during follow-up sessions. Conclusion: This study demonstrated that using BMFs could be a safe, effective and promising method of treatment for post palatoplasty fistula and VPI. However, further investigations on a larger sample size with longer follow-up are recommended for more accurate conclusion. PMID:26322283

  1. Bronchobiliary fistulae due to echinococcosis.

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    Gerazounis, M; Athanassiadi, Kalliopi; Metaxas, E; Athanassiou, Maria; Kalantzi, Nikolitsa

    2002-08-01

    A bronchobiliary fistula (BBF) is a rare complication of echinococcosis due to rupture of hydatid cysts located at the upper surface of the liver to the bronchial tree. We present our experience in treating this uncommon and dangerous entity. During the last 20 years, 21 patients, ten men and 11 women ranging in age from 26 to 83 years with a BBF were treated in our department. They presented dyspnea, biloptysis, cough or fever. Diagnostic imaging studies have been very helpful in identifying the communication and in delineating its location. The disease was limited to the liver in 11 cases, whereas in the rest ten cases, both liver and lung were involved. Right thoracotomy was the approach of choice. Our strategy consisted of adequate evacuation of the intrahepatic cysts, obliteration of the cyst space, freeing the adherent lung, dissection and closure of the BBF. Two deaths occurred due to anaphylactic shock and cardiac insufficiency. Follow up at 7-12 years did not reveal any recurrence. Although the incidence of echinococcosis has been decreased, the BBF still remains a serious complication with a high morbidity and mortality. Early diagnosis and management of septic associated complications are essential.

  2. Usefulness assessment of preoperative MRI fistulography in patients with perianal fistulas.

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    Waniczek, Dariusz; Adamczyk, Tomasz; Arendt, Jerzy; Kluczewska, Ewa; Kozińska-Marek, Ewa

    2011-10-01

    Accurate preoperative assessment of the perianal fistulous tract is the main purpose of the diagnostics and to a large extend determines surgery effectiveness. One of the useful diagnostic methods in perianal fistulas is magnetic resonance imaging. The authors presented experiences in the application of MRI fistulography for evaluation of cases of perianal fistulas difficult to diagnose and treat. Own examination method was described; MRI fistulography findings were analyzed and compared with intraoperative conditions in 14 patients (11 men and 3 women) diagnosed in the years 2005- 2009. Eight patients had recurrent fistulas and 6 had primary fistulas. Imaging was performed with a GE SIGNA LX HS scanner with a 1.5-Tesla field strength and a dedicated surface coil placed at the level of hip joints. Contrast agent was a gadolinium-based solution. Intraoperative findings were consistent with radiological descriptions of 13 MRI fistulographies. Only in one case, according to surgery findings, it was a transsphincteric fistula with an abscess in the ischioanal fossa, with an orifice in the posterior crypt; the radiologist described it as a transsphincteric, internal blind fistula. Due to its accuracy in the assessment of the perianal fistulous tracts in soft tissues, MRI fistulography becomes a useful and recommended diagnostic method in this pathology. It shows the location of the fistula regarding the system of anal sphincters, and identifies the internal orifice and branching of the fistula. It enables precise planning of surgical treatment. Authors suggest that this diagnostic method should be improved and applied more commonly.

  3. Spontaneous Cholecystocolic Fistula: Case Report

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    Gora, Nandkishore; Singh, Amit; Jain, Sharad; Parihar, Ummaid Singh; Bhutra, Shyam

    2014-01-01

    Cholecystocolic fistula is a rare billiary-enteric fistula with variable clinical presentation. Despite modern diagnostic tool a high degree of suspicion is required to diagnose it preoperatively. These fistulae are treated by open as well as laparoscopic surgery, with no difference in intraoperative and postoperative complications. We are describing a 50-year-old female patient with the diagnosis of chronic cholecystitis with cholelithiasis, which was investigated with routine lab investigations, and abdominal ultrasonography but none of these gave us any clue to the presence of fistula, were discovered incidentally during an open surgery and were appropriately treated. PMID:24783121

  4. Comparison of an anal fistula plug and mucosa advancement flap for complex anal fistulas: a meta-analysis.

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    Xu, Yansong; Tang, Weizhong

    2016-12-01

    The aim of this analysis was to compare the advantages of the anal fistula plug (AFP) with the mucosa advancement flap (MAF) for complex anal fistulas. Comparative studies of the efficacy of AFP and MAF were included. Two independent reviewers selected articles for inclusion. After information collection, a meta-analysis was performed using data on overall healing rates, complications, incontinences and recurrences. The quality of postoperative life and cost were also included with the clinical results. Ten studies included 778 patients who were divided into AFP and MAF groups in this meta-analysis. During the follow-up period, no significant difference in healing rates, complications and recurrences were found (P = 0.55, P = 0.78 and P = 0.23, respectively). The incontinence rate of AFP was lower than that of MAF (P = 0.04). The postoperative quality of life of AFP patients was superior to that of MAF patients. The AFP patients had less persistent pain of a shorter duration and shortened healing time and hospital stay. The treatment cost of AFP patient was lower than that of MAF. Compared to the MAF procedure, the AFP procedure has some advantages for complex anal fistulas, but more and large randomized clinical trials comparing the two procedures for fistula management need to be conducted. © 2016 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

  5. Coronary artery fistulas

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    Said, S.A.M.; Thiadens, A.A.H.J.; Fieren, M.J.C.H.; Meijboom, E.J.; van der Werf, T.; Bennink, G.B.W.E.

    2002-01-01

    The aetiology of congenital coronary artery fistulas remains a challenging issue. Coronary arteries with an anatomically normal origin may, for obscure reasons, terminate abnormally and communicate with different single or multiple cardiac chambers or great vessels. When this occurs, the angiographic morphological appearance may vary greatly from discrete channels to plexiform network of vessels. Coronary arteriovenous fistulas (CAVFs) have neither specific signs nor pathognomonic symptoms; the spectrum of clinical features varies considerably. The clinical presentation of symptomatic cases can include angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, fatigue, dyspnoea, CHF, SBE, ventricular and supraventricular tachyarrhythmias or even sudden cardiac death. CAVFs may, however, be a coincidental finding during diagnostic coronary angiography (CAG). CAG is considered the gold standard for diagnosing and delineating the morphological anatomy and pathway of CAVFs. There are various tailored therapeutic modalities for the wide spectrum of clinical manifestations of CAVFs, including conservative pharmacological strategy, percutaneous transluminal embolisation and surgical ligation. ImagesFigure 1Figure 2Figure 3Figure 4 PMID:25696067

  6. Anal fistula with foot extension—Treated by kshara sutra (medicated seton) therapy: A rare case report

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    Ramesh, P. Bhat

    2013-01-01

    INTRODUCTION An ‘anal’ fistula is a track which communicates anal canal or rectum and usually is in continuity with one or more external openings. Distant communication from rectum is rare. It is a challenging disease because of its recurrence especially, with high level and distant communications. Ksharasutra (medicated seton) therapy is being practiced in India with high success rate (recurrence of 3.33%) in the management of complicated anal fistula. PRESENTATION OF CASE A 56 year old man presented with recurrent boils in the left lower limb at different places from thigh to foot. He underwent repeated incision and drainage at different hospitals. Examination revealed sinus with discharge and multiple scars on left lower limb from thigh up to foot. Suspecting anal fistula, MRI was advised which revealed a long cutaneous fistula from rectum to left lower limb. Patient was treated with Ksharasutra therapy. Within 6 months of treatment whole tract was healed completely. DISCUSSION Sushrutha (500BC) was the first to explain the role of surgical excision and use of kshara sutra for the management of anal fistula. Ksharasutra therapy showed least recurrence. Fistula from rectum to foot is of extremely rare variety. Surgical treatment of anal fistula requires hospitalization, regular post-operative care, is associated with a significant risk of recurrence (0.7–26.5%) and a high risk of impaired continence (5–40%). CONCLUSION Rectal fistula communicating till foot may be a very rare presentation in proctology practice. Kshara sutra treatment was useful in treating this condition, with minimal surgical intervention with no recurrence. PMID:23702360

  7. Modern management of anal fistula

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    Limura, Elsa; Giordano, Pasquale

    2015-01-01

    Ideal surgical treatment for anal fistula should aim to eradicate sepsis and promote healing of the tract, whilst preserving the sphincters and the mechanism of continence. For the simple and most distal fistulae, conventional surgical options such as laying open of the fistula tract seem to be relatively safe and therefore, well accepted in clinical practise. However, for the more complex fistulae where a significant proportion of the anal sphincter is involved, great concern remains about damaging the sphincter and subsequent poor functional outcome, which is quite inevitable following conventional surgical treatment. For this reason, over the last two decades, many sphincter-preserving procedures for the treatment of anal fistula have been introduced with the common goal of minimising the injury to the anal sphincters and preserving optimal function. Among them, the ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract procedure appears to be safe and effective and may be routinely considered for complex anal fistula. Another technique, the anal fistula plug, derived from porcine small intestinal submucosa, is safe but modestly effective in long-term follow-up, with success rates varying from 24%-88%. The failure rate may be due to its extrusion from the fistula tract. To obviate that, a new designed plug (GORE BioA®) was introduced, but long term data regarding its efficacy are scant. Fibrin glue showed poor and variable healing rate (14%-74%). FiLaC and video-assisted anal fistula treatment procedures, respectively using laser and electrode energy, are expensive and yet to be thoroughly assessed in clinical practise. Recently, a therapy using autologous adipose-derived stem cells has been described. Their properties of regenerating tissues and suppressing inflammatory response must be better investigated on anal fistulae, and studies remain in progress. The aim of this present article is to review the pertinent literature, describing the advantages and limitations of

  8. Modern management of anal fistula.

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    Limura, Elsa; Giordano, Pasquale

    2015-01-07

    Ideal surgical treatment for anal fistula should aim to eradicate sepsis and promote healing of the tract, whilst preserving the sphincters and the mechanism of continence. For the simple and most distal fistulae, conventional surgical options such as laying open of the fistula tract seem to be relatively safe and therefore, well accepted in clinical practise. However, for the more complex fistulae where a significant proportion of the anal sphincter is involved, great concern remains about damaging the sphincter and subsequent poor functional outcome, which is quite inevitable following conventional surgical treatment. For this reason, over the last two decades, many sphincter-preserving procedures for the treatment of anal fistula have been introduced with the common goal of minimising the injury to the anal sphincters and preserving optimal function. Among them, the ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract procedure appears to be safe and effective and may be routinely considered for complex anal fistula. Another technique, the anal fistula plug, derived from porcine small intestinal submucosa, is safe but modestly effective in long-term follow-up, with success rates varying from 24%-88%. The failure rate may be due to its extrusion from the fistula tract. To obviate that, a new designed plug (GORE BioA®) was introduced, but long term data regarding its efficacy are scant. Fibrin glue showed poor and variable healing rate (14%-74%). FiLaC and video-assisted anal fistula treatment procedures, respectively using laser and electrode energy, are expensive and yet to be thoroughly assessed in clinical practise. Recently, a therapy using autologous adipose-derived stem cells has been described. Their properties of regenerating tissues and suppressing inflammatory response must be better investigated on anal fistulae, and studies remain in progress. The aim of this present article is to review the pertinent literature, describing the advantages and limitations of

  9. Further experience with modification of an intraluminal button for hands-free tracheoesophageal speech after laryngectomy.

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    Lewin, Jan S; Montgomery, Patti C; Hutcheson, Katherine A; Chambers, Mark S

    2009-11-01

    Tracheoesophageal (TE) speech using a voice prosthesis and hands-free speaking valve with an intraluminal attachment is the gold standard for voice restoration after total laryngectomy. Modification of a standard self-retaining silicone cannula or laryngectomy button often aids in the attachment of a speaking valve within the tracheal lumen for hands-free TE speech production. An increased number of laryngectomized individuals are able to achieve hands-free TE speech when the standard length, flange, and diameter of a silicone button is customized to accommodate individual tracheostomal contours. A technique is presented for modification of a standard silicone laryngectomy button to facilitate hands-free TE speech after total laryngectomy.

  10. Use of regenerative tissue matrix as an oral layer for the closure of recalcitrant anterior palatal fistulae: a pilot study

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    2016-01-01

    Objectives To evaluate the effectiveness of regenerative tissue matrix (Alloderm) as an oral layer for difficult anterior palatal fistula closure. Materials and Methods The authors have tested the feasibility of a novel surgical technique of adding a regenerative tissue matrix (Alloderm) as an oral layer for closure of recalcitrant large anterior palatal fistulae and report the outcome of the first 12 patients in this pilot study. Patients with recurrent large fistula who otherwise would require either a local pedicled flap, free flap, or an obturator were treated with this technique and followed up for at least 6 months to monitor the progress of healing. Results Of the 12 patients, 8 patients (66.7%) had complete closure of the fistula, and 2 patients (16.7%) showed reduction in size of the fistula to the extent that symptoms were eliminated, for an overall success rate of 83.3% (10/12 patients). Premature graft loss and recurrence of the fistula were noted in 2 patients (16.7%). Conclusion Alloderm provided an adequate barrier allowing healing to occur unimpeded and allowed closure of the palatal fistula. In our experience, this new technique using regenerative tissue matrix as an adjunct to the oral layer in large anterior palatal fistula has an advantage compared to other more invasive complex procedures and has been shown to provide satisfactory results. PMID:27162747

  11. Can we perceptually rate alaryngeal voice? Developing the Sunderland Tracheoesophageal Voice Perceptual Scale.

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    Hurren, A; Hildreth, A J; Carding, P N

    2009-12-01

    To investigate the inter and intra reliability of raters (in relation to both profession and expertise) when judging two alaryngeal voice parameters: 'Overall Grade' and 'Neoglottal Tonicity'. Reliable perceptual assessment is essential for surgical and therapeutic outcome measurement but has been minimally researched to date. Test of inter and intra rater agreement from audio recordings of 55 tracheoesophageal speakers. Cancer Unit. Twelve speech and language therapists and ten Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons. Perceptual voice parameters of 'Overall Grade' rated with a 0-3 equally appearing interval scale and 'Neoglottal Tonicity' with an 11-point bipolar semantic scale. All raters achieved 'good' agreement for 'Overall Grade' with mean weighted kappa coefficients of 0.78 for intra and 0.70 for inter-rater agreement. All raters achieved 'good' intra-rater agreement for 'Neoglottal Tonicity' (0.64) but inter-rater agreement was only 'moderate' (0.40). However, the expert speech and language therapists sub-group attained 'good' inter-rater agreement with this parameter (0.63). The effect of 'Neoglottal Tonicity' on 'Overall Grade' was examined utilising only expert speech and language therapists data. Linear regression analysis resulted in an r-squared coefficient of 0.67. Analysis of the perceptual impression of hypotonicity and hypertonicity in relation to mean 'Overall Grade' score demonstrated neither tone was linked to a more favourable grade (P = 0.42). Expert speech and language therapist raters may be the optimal judges for tracheoesophageal voice assessment. Tonicity appears to be a good predictor of 'Overall Grade'. These scales have clinical applicability to investigate techniques that facilitate optotonic neoglottal voice quality.

  12. Tracheoesophageal voice after total laryngopharyngectomy reconstruction: Jejunum versus radial forearm free flap.

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    Deschler, Daniel G; Herr, Marc W; Kmiecik, Joann R; Sethi, Rosh; Bunting, Glenn

    2015-12-01

    Tracheoesophageal (TE) voice restoration after laryngopharyngectomy with jejunal (Jej) flap and radial forearm flap (RFF) reconstruction has been successfully completed and studied for both techniques, but no direct comparisons exist. We undertook this study to directly compare TE voice in patients with total laryngopharyngectomy (TLP) reconstruction using the Jej and the RFF in a comprehensive and rigorous manner. Retrospective cohort study. Forty patients after total laryngectomy or TLP were grouped by pharyngeal closure method: 18 primary closure (STL), 10 jejunal flap (TLP-Jej), and 12 radial forearm flap (TLP-RFF). Voice recordings underwent objective acoustic analysis and blinded subjective assessment by trained and naïve listeners. Quality-of-life (QOL) assessments were obtained in all subjects using general health, disease-specific, and voice-specific survey tools. All studies groups had similar demographics. Acoustic analysis demonstrated no differences in fundamental frequency or intensity levels. Subjective assessment demonstrated statistically significant inferior voice function of the reconstructed patients (TLP-Jej and TLP-RFF) compared to STL subjects for nearly all parameters tested by both naïve and trained listeners. No differences were noted between TLP-Jej and TLP-RFF subjects for any of the parameters evaluated. Overall, trained listeners assessed TE voice more favorably compared to naïve listeners in a significant manner. The three QOL surveys revealed no significant differences between TLP-Jej and TLP-RFF subjects. Tracheoesophageal voice in TLP-Jej and TLP-RFF subjects was equivalent but inferior to STL subjects. Reconstructed subjects had no differences in general, disease-specific, and voice-specific quality of life. 2b. © 2015 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  13. Autologous adipose tissue-derived stem cells treatment demonstrated favorable and sustainable therapeutic effect for Crohn's fistula.

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    Lee, Woo Yong; Park, Kyu Joo; Cho, Yong Beom; Yoon, Sang Nam; Song, Kee Ho; Kim, Do Sun; Jung, Sang Hun; Kim, Mihyung; Yoo, Hee-Won; Kim, Inok; Ha, Hunjoo; Yu, Chang Sik

    2013-11-01

    Fistula is a representative devastating complication in Crohn's patients due to refractory to conventional therapy and high recurrence. In our phase I clinical trial, adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ASCs) demonstrated their safety and therapeutic potential for healing fistulae associated with Crohn's disease. This study was carried out to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ASCs in patients with Crohn's fistulae. In this phase II study, forty-three patients were treated with ASCs. The amount of ASCs was proportioned to fistula size and fistula tract was filled with ASCs in combination with fibrin glue after intralesional injection of ASCs. Patients without complete closure of fistula at 8 weeks received a second injection of ASCs containing 1.5 times more cells than the first injection. Fistula healing at week 8 after final dose injection and its sustainability for 1-year were evaluated. Healing was defined as a complete closure of external opening without any sign of drainage and inflammation. A modified per-protocol analysis showed that complete fistula healing was observed in 27/33 patients (82%) by 8 weeks after ASC injection. Of 27 patients with fistula healing, 26 patients completed additional observation study for 1-year and 23 patients (88%) sustained complete closure. There were no adverse events related to ASC administration. ASC treatment for patients with Crohn's fistulae was well tolerated, with a favorable therapeutic outcome. Furthermore, complete closure was well sustained. These results strongly suggest that autologous ASC could be a novel treatment option for the Crohn's fistula with high-risk of recurrence. Copyright © 2013 AlphaMed Press.

  14. Randomized clinical trial comparing collagen plug and advancement flap for trans-sphincteric anal fistula.

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    Bondi, J; Avdagic, J; Karlbom, U; Hallböök, O; Kalman, D; Šaltytė Benth, J; Naimy, N; Øresland, T

    2017-08-01

    The role of a collagen plug for treating anal fistula is not well established. A randomized prospective multicentre non-inferiority study of surgical treatment of trans-sphincteric cryptogenic fistulas was undertaken, comparing the anal fistula plug with the mucosal advancement flap with regard to fistula recurrence rate and functional outcome. Patients with an anal fistula were evaluated for eligibility in three centres, and randomized to either mucosal advancement flap surgery or collagen plug, with clinical follow-up at 3 and 12 months. The primary outcome was the fistula recurrence rate. Anal pain (visual analogue scale), anal incontinence (St Mark's score) and quality of life (Short Form 36 questionnaire) were also reported. Ninety-four patients were included; 48 were allocated to the plug procedure and 46 to advancement flap surgery. The median follow-up was 12 (range 9-24) months. The recurrence rate at 12 months was 66 per cent (27 of 41 patients) in the plug group and 38 per cent (15 of 40) in the flap group (P = 0·006). Anal pain was reduced after operation in both groups. Anal incontinence did not change in the follow-up period. Patients reported an increased quality of life after 3 months. There were no differences between the groups with regard to pain, incontinence or quality of life. There was a considerably higher recurrence rate after the anal fistula plug procedure than following advancement flap repair. Registration number: NCT01021774 (http://www.clinicaltrials.gov). © 2017 BJS Society Ltd Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  15. Laparoscopic management of cholecystocolic fistula

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    CONDE, Lauro Massaud; TAVARES, Pedro Monnerat; QUINTES, Jorge Luiz Delduque; CHERMONT, Ronny Queiroz; PEREZ, Mario Castro Alvarez

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Cholecystocolic fistula is a rare complication of gallbladder disease. Its clinical presentation is variable and nonspecific, and the diagnosis is made, mostly, incidentally during intraoperative maneuver. Cholecystectomy with closure of the fistula is considered the treatment of choice for the condition, with an increasingly reproducible tendency to the use of laparoscopy. Aim To describe the laparoscopic approach for cholecystocolic fistula and ratify its feasibility even with the unavailability of more specific instruments. Technique After dissection of the communication and section of the gallbladder fundus, the fistula is externalized by an appropriate trocar and sutured manually. Colonic segment is reintroduced into the cavity and cholecystectomy is performed avoiding the conversion procedure to open surgery. Conclusion Laparoscopy for resolution of cholecystocolic fistula isn't only feasible, but also offers a shorter stay at hospital and a milder postoperative period when compared to laparotomy. PMID:25626940

  16. [Perianal fistula and anal fissure].

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    Heitland, W

    2012-12-01

    CRYPTOGLANDULAR ANAL FISTULA: Perianal abscesses are caused by cryptoglandular infections. Not every abscess will end in a fistula. The formation of a fistula is determined by the anatomy of the anal sphincter and perianal fistulas will not heal on their own. The therapy of a fistula is oriented between a more aggressive approach (operation) and a conservative treatment with fibrin glue or a plug. Definitive healing and the development of incontinence are the most important key points. ANAL FISSURES: Acute anal fissures should be treated conservatively by topical ointments, consisting of nitrates, calcium channel blockers and if all else fails by botulinum toxin. Treatment of chronic fissures will start conservatively but operative options are necessary in many cases. Operation of first choice is fissurectomy, including excision of fibrotic margins, curettage of the base and excision of the sentinel pile and anal polyps. Lateral internal sphincterotomy is associated with a certain degree of incontinence and needs critical long-term observation.

  17. German S3 guidelines: anal abscess and fistula (second revised version).

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    Ommer, Andreas; Herold, Alexander; Berg, Eugen; Fürst, Alois; Post, Stefan; Ruppert, Reinhard; Schiedeck, Thomas; Schwandner, Oliver; Strittmatter, Bernhard

    2017-03-01

    The incidence of anal abscess and fistula is relatively high, and the condition is most common in young men. This is a revised version of the German S3 guidelines first published in 2011. It is based on a systematic review of pertinent literature. Cryptoglandular abscesses and fistulas usually originate in the proctodeal glands of the intersphincteric space. Classification depends on their relation to the anal sphincter. Patient history and clinical examination are diagnostically sufficient in order to establish the indication for surgery. Further examinations (endosonography, MRI) should be considered in complex abscesses or fistulas. The goal of surgery for an abscess is thorough drainage of the focus of infection while preserving the sphincter muscles. The risk of abscess recurrence or secondary fistula formation is low overall. However, they may result from insufficient drainage. Primary fistulotomy should only be performed in case of superficial fistulas. Moreover, it should be done by experienced surgeons. In case of unclear findings or high fistulas, repair should take place in a second procedure. Anal fistulas can be treated only by surgical intervention with one of the following operations: laying open, seton drainage, plastic surgical reconstruction with suturing of the sphincter (flap, sphincter repair, LIFT), and occlusion with biomaterials. Only superficial fistulas should be laid open. The risk of postoperative incontinence is directly related to the thickness of the sphincter muscle that is divided. All high anal fistulas should be treated with a sphincter-saving procedure. The various plastic surgical reconstructive procedures all yield roughly the same results. Occlusion with biomaterial results in lower cure rate. In this revision of the German S3 guidelines, instructions for diagnosis and treatment of anal abscess and fistula are described based on a review of current literature.

  18. Revisiting an ancient treatment for transphincteric fistula-in-ano ‘There is nothing new under the sun’ Ecclesiastes 1v9

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    Sturgeon, G; Hargest, R

    2015-01-01

    Objective The history of treatments for fistula-in-ano can be traced back to ancient times. Current treatment of transphincteric fistulae is controversial, with many options available. We reviewed the history of treatment using cutting setons and present our series of transphincteric fistulae in the light of the series in the literature. Design Literature review and case series. Setting Hospital based coloproctology service Participants 140 consecutive patients presenting with fistula-in-ano were included. Main Outcome Measures The literature pertaining to treatment of transphincteric fistula was reviewed, along with the outcome of various treatment methods for this condition. Data were collected for 140 consecutive patients presenting with fistula- in-ano were assessed for fistula healing, recurrence and complications. Results A total of 140 consecutive patients with fistula-in-ano were identified, of which 111 were cryptoglandular (79.3%). Eighty-one of these 111 were transphincteric (73.0%). At a median follow-up of 35 months (range, 2–83 months), 70 transphincteric fistulae had healed (86.4%), 10 were still undergoing treatment (12.3%) and one patient was lost to follow-up prior to treatment (1.2%). Two patients in this group required a stoma (2.5%), six patients developed recurrence (7.4%); three ‘true’ recurrences (3.7%). One (1.2%) developed a chronic fissure. There were no reported cases of incontinence. Conclusions The management of transphincteric fistula-in-ano is complex and controversial, for which no clear surgical procedure has gained acceptance as the gold standard. This study demonstrates that transphincteric fistulae can be successfully treated using cutting setons. A high healing rate (86.4%), low recurrence rate (7.4%) and a low complication rate (3.7%) are shown, which compares favourably with published rates over a long follow-up. PMID:26152674

  19. [The anal fistula disease and abscess].

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    Strittmatter, Bernhard

    2004-01-01

    There are two forms of anal fistulas arising from its pathogenesis: the acute stage is the abscess, whereas the chronic stage is the fistula in ano. The classification of the fistula in ano is named after Parks. Pathogenesis and classification are explained. For complete cure, every abscess needs precise examination to be able to show the course and shape of the fistula. The surgical procedure depends on the fistula tract. Most fistulas can be operated by means of a fistulotomy or fistulectomy. Recovery depends on locating the total fistula tract.

  20. Anal fistula plug vs mucosa advancement flap in complex fistula-in-ano: A meta-analysis

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    Leng, Qiang; Jin, Hei-Ying

    2012-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the efficacy of the anal fistula plug (AFP) compared to the mucosa advancement flap (MAF), considered the best procedure for patients with a complex anal fistula. METHODS: The literature search included PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library and OVID original studies on the topic of AFP compared to MAF for complex fistula-in-ano that had a deadline for publication by April 2011. Randomized controlled trials, controlled clinical trials and prospective cohort studies were included in the review. After information collection, a meta-analysis was performed using data on overall success rates as well as incidence of incontinence and morbidity. The quality of postoperative life was also included with the clinical results. RESULTS: Six studies involving 408 patients (AFP = 167, MAF = 241) were included in the meta-analysis. The differences in the overall success rates and incidence of fistula recurrence were not statistically significant between the AFP and MAF [risk difference (RD) = -0.12, 95%CI: -0.39 - 0.14; RD = 0.13; 95%CI: -0.18 - 0.43, respectively]. However, for the AFP, the risk of postoperative impaired continence was lower (RD = -0.08, 95%CI: -0.15 - -0.02) as was the incidence of other complications (RD = -0.06, 95%CI: -0.11 - -0.00). The postoperative quality of life, for patients treated using the AFP was superior to that of the MAF patients. Patients treated with the AFP had less persistent pain of a shorter duration and the healing time of the fistula and hospital stay were also reduced. CONCLUSION: The AFP is an effective procedure for patients with a complex anal fistula; it has the same success rate but a lower risk of complications than the MAF and may also be associated with an improved postoperative quality of life. Additional evidence is needed to confirm these findings. PMID:23494149

  1. Comparison of Endoanal Ultrasound with Clinical Diagnosis in Anal Fistula Assessment.

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    Sirikurnpiboon, Siripong; Phadhana-anake, Oradee; Awapittaya, Burin

    2016-02-01

    Anal fistula anatomy and its relationship with anal sphincters are important factors influencing the results of surgical management. Pre-operative definitions of fistulous track(s) and the internal opening play a primary role in minimizing damage to the sphincters and recurrence of the fistula. To evaluate the relative accuracy of digital examination and endoanal ultrasound for pre-operative assessment of anal fistula by comparing operative findings. A retrospective review was conducted of all patients with anal fistula admitted to the surgical unit between May 2008 and May 2012. Physical examination and hydrogen peroxide-enhanced endoanal ultrasound (utilising a 10 MHz endoprobe, HITACHI: EUB-7500), were performed in 142 consecutive patients. Results were matched with surgical features to establish their accuracy in preoperative anal fistula assessment. A total of 142 patients (107 men, 35 women), 28 of whom had had previous surgery, were included in the study. Their mean age was 40 (range 18-71) years and their mean BMI was 26.37 (range 17.30-36.11) kg/m². The majority of the fistulas were transphincteric (90.4%) and the rest were intersphincteric (9.6%). The accuracy rates of clinical examination and endoanal ultrasound were 55.63 and 95.07 percent (p < 0.01), respectively. Endoanal ultrasound is superior to digital examination for pre-operative classification of anal fistula

  2. The Effect of Noise on Relationships Between Speech Intelligibility and Self-Reported Communication Measures in Tracheoesophageal Speakers.

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    Eadie, Tanya L; Otero, Devon Sawin; Bolt, Susan; Kapsner-Smith, Mara; Sullivan, Jessica R

    2016-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine how sentence intelligibility relates to self-reported communication in tracheoesophageal speakers when speech intelligibility is measured in quiet and noise. Twenty-four tracheoesophageal speakers who were at least 1 year postlaryngectomy provided audio recordings of 5 sentences from the Sentence Intelligibility Test. Speakers also completed self-reported measures of communication-the Voice Handicap Index-10 and the Communicative Participation Item Bank short form. Speech recordings were presented to 2 groups of inexperienced listeners who heard sentences in quiet or noise. Listeners transcribed the sentences to yield speech intelligibility scores. Very weak relationships were found between intelligibility in quiet and measures of voice handicap and communicative participation. Slightly stronger, but still weak and nonsignificant, relationships were observed between measures of intelligibility in noise and both self-reported measures. However, 12 speakers who were more than 65% intelligible in noise showed strong and statistically significant relationships with both self-reported measures (R2 = .76-.79). Speech intelligibility in quiet is a weak predictor of self-reported communication measures in tracheoesophageal speakers. Speech intelligibility in noise may be a better metric of self-reported communicative function for speakers who demonstrate higher speech intelligibility in noise.

  3. The Effect of Noise on Relationships Between Speech Intelligibility and Self-Reported Communication Measures in Tracheoesophageal Speakers

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    Otero, Devon Sawin; Bolt, Susan; Kapsner-Smith, Mara; Sullivan, Jessica R.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine how sentence intelligibility relates to self-reported communication in tracheoesophageal speakers when speech intelligibility is measured in quiet and noise. Method Twenty-four tracheoesophageal speakers who were at least 1 year postlaryngectomy provided audio recordings of 5 sentences from the Sentence Intelligibility Test. Speakers also completed self-reported measures of communication—the Voice Handicap Index-10 and the Communicative Participation Item Bank short form. Speech recordings were presented to 2 groups of inexperienced listeners who heard sentences in quiet or noise. Listeners transcribed the sentences to yield speech intelligibility scores. Results Very weak relationships were found between intelligibility in quiet and measures of voice handicap and communicative participation. Slightly stronger, but still weak and nonsignificant, relationships were observed between measures of intelligibility in noise and both self-reported measures. However, 12 speakers who were more than 65% intelligible in noise showed strong and statistically significant relationships with both self-reported measures (R 2 = .76–.79). Conclusions Speech intelligibility in quiet is a weak predictor of self-reported communication measures in tracheoesophageal speakers. Speech intelligibility in noise may be a better metric of self-reported communicative function for speakers who demonstrate higher speech intelligibility in noise. PMID:27379754

  4. [Vesico-colonic fistulae in patients with chronic urinary tract infections].

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    Safarík, L; Dvorácek, J; Matusková, D; Vítková, I; Novák, K; Zámecník, L; Paul, O

    2001-03-01

    The authors present their experience with diagnosis and treatment of colovesical fistula, which had been diagnosed due to chronic recurrent urinary tract infection. The underlying cause of the fistula was previously unrecognized diverticulosis with diverticulitis (3 out of 4 cases). The fistula was diagnosed primarily by a urologist, who performed cystoscopy, which proved to be the most contributing useful examination of all. On the other hand, coloscopy did not reveal the true diagnosis any time and its value is doubtful since insufflation of the inflamed bowel may be followed by intestinal rupture into the peritoneal cavity. Treatment of the fistulae was always surgical, during resection of the involved bowel and resection of the neighboring bladder was accomplished. In all cases one-staged procedure was done with restoration of bowel continuity and suturing of the bladder. Three patients were cured, one died on the 5th day due to complicated ischaemic heart disease.

  5. Relationship between radiotherapy and gastroesophageal reflux disease in causing tracheoesophageal voice rehabilitation failure.

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    Cocuzza, Salvatore; Bonfiglio, Marco; Chiaramonte, Rita; Serra, Agostino

    2014-03-01

    The objective was to analyze the association of radiotherapy with gastroesophageal reflux as determinant of fistula related pathology, in voice prosthesis patients. Retrospective study. Sixty-one laryngectomy patients were enrolled between 2005 and 2012. All patients underwent phonatory rehabilitation with voice prosthesis, along with evidence of gastroesophageal reflux disease, for which proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) were prescribed. We analyzed the occurrence of fistula-related problems among patients who received postoperative radiotherapy and those patients who did not. We observed a higher rate of failure of speech rehabilitation in laryngectomy patients with gastroesphageal reflux: this occurred when they had a history of postoperative radiotherapy (45%) compared with patients who did not (17%) (P < 0.05), although all patients were treated with PPIs. Our results seem to confirm the importance of postoperative radiotherapy with gastroesophageal reflux for the determinism of fistula-related problems. Copyright © 2014 The Voice Foundation. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Idiopathic fistula-in-ano

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    Shawki, Sherief; Wexner, Steven D

    2011-01-01

    Fistula-in-ano is the most common form of perineal sepsis. Typically, a fistula includes an internal opening, a track, and an external opening. The external opening might acutely appear following infection and/or an abscess, or more insiduously in a chronic manner. Management includes control of infection, assessment of the fistulous track in relation to the anal sphincter muscle, and finally, definitive treatment of the fistula. Fistulotomy was the most commonly used mode of management, but concerns about post-fistulotomy incontinence prompted the use of sphincter preserving techniques such as advancement flaps, fibrin glue, collagen fistula plug, ligation of the intersphincteric fistula track, and stem cells. Many descriptive and comparative studies have evaluated these different techniques with variable outcomes. The lack of consistent results, level I evidence, or long-term follow-up, as well as the heterogeneity of fistula pathology has prevented a definitive treatment algorithm. This article will review the most commonly available modalities and techniques for managing idiopathic fistula-in-ano. PMID:21876614

  7. Ureterovaginal fistula: a case series.

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    Shaw, J; Tunitsky-Bitton, E; Barber, M D; Jelovsek, J E

    2014-05-01

    We describe the presentation, diagnosis, and management of ureterovaginal fistula over a 7-year period at a tertiary care center. A retrospective review of ureterovaginal fistula cases between 2003 and 2011 was performed. Demographic information, antecedent event, symptoms, diagnostic modalities, and management strategies were reviewed. Nineteen ureterovaginal fistulas were identified during the 7-year study period. One fistula followed a repeat cesarean section and 18 fistulas followed a hysterectomy (9 total abdominal, 6 total laparoscopic, 3 vaginal hysterectomies). Ureteral injuries were not recognized in any of the patients at the time of index surgery. Computed tomography (CT) urography was the most commonly utilized diagnostic modality (58%). Primary non-surgical management with ureteral stents was attempted and successful in 5 out of 7 cases (71%). There were 14 total surgical repairs, including 2 cases in which stents were successfully placed, but the fistula persisted, and 6 additional cases where attempted stent placement failed. Surgical repair consisted of 10 ureteroneocystostomies performed via laparotomy and 4 performed laparoscopically, 3 of which were robotically assisted. Despite being uncommon, ureterovaginal fistula should remain in the differential diagnosis of new post-operative urinary incontinence after gynecological surgery. Conservative management with ureteral stent appears to be the best initial approach in selected patients, with a success rate of 71%. Minimally invasive approaches to performing ureteroneocystostomy have high success rates, comparable to those of open surgical repair.

  8. Cryptoglandular anal fistula.

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    de Parades, V; Zeitoun, J-D; Atienza, P

    2010-08-01

    Fistula arising from the glands of the anal crypts is the most common form of anoperineal sepsis. It is characterized by a primary internal orifice in the anal canal, a fistulous tract, and an abscess and/or secondary perineal orifice with purulent discharge. Antibiotics are not curative. The treatment of an abscess is urgent and consists, whenever possible, of incision and drainage under local anesthesia. Definitive treatment of the fistulous tract can await a second stage. The primary aim is to control infection without sacrificing anal continence. Fistulotomy is the basis for all treatments but the specific technique depends on the height of the fistula in relation to the sphincteric mechanism. Overall results of fistulotomy are excellent but there is some risk of anal incontinence. This explains the growing interest in sphincter sparing techniques such as the mucosal advancement flap, the injection of fibrin glue, and the plug procedure. However, results of these procedures are not yet good enough and leave much room for improvement.

  9. Fistulotomy and sphincter reconstruction in the treatment of complex fistula-in-ano: long-term clinical and manometric results.

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    Arroyo, Antonio; Pérez-Legaz, Juan; Moya, Pedro; Armañanzas, Laura; Lacueva, Javier; Pérez-Vicente, Francisco; Candela, Fernando; Calpena, Rafael

    2012-05-01

    To evaluate the long-term clinical and manometric results of fistulotomy and sphincter reconstruction for the treatment of complex fistula-in-ano. Complex fistula-in-ano is difficult to treat due to the occurrence of postoperative anal incontinence and the high rate of recurrence. Seventy patients who were diagnosed with complex fistula-in-ano and underwent fistulotomy and sphincter reconstruction between October 2000 and October 2006 were analyzed in the present study. Preoperative assessment included physical examination, anorectal manometry, and anal endosonography. Appointments were scheduled every 6 months during the first and second year of treatment and every 2 years thereafter. Recurrence and incontinence were evaluated during each visit. Continence was assessed according to the Wexner continence grading scale. Anal manometry was performed 3 and 12 months after treatment and every 2 years thereafter. Anal endosonography was conducted 6 months after treatment. Fistulas were classified as medium-high trans-sphincteric in 64 patients (91.42%) and were recurrent in 22 patients (32%). Before surgery, 22 patients (32%) reported fecal incontinence, which improved after surgery in 15 cases (70%), from 6.75 to 1.88 (P < 0.005) on the Wexner Scale. Eight preoperative continent patients (16.6%) reported postoperative incontinence (Wexner Score < 3), and 6 patients (8.5%) had recurrent incontinence. Among these patients, 2 developed recurrent incontinence 6 months after treatment, 2 developed recurrent incontinence 1 year after treatment, 1 developed recurrent incontinence 2 years after treatment, and 1 developed incontinence 5 years after treatment. Fistulotomy with sphincter reconstruction is an effective technique for the treatment of complex fistula-in-ano. Continence and anal manometry results were improved in incontinent patients and were not jeopardized in continent ones. Fistulotomy with sphincter reconstruction is an especially suitable technique for

  10. Balloon-Assisted Fistula Sealing Procedure for Symptomatic Tarlov Cysts.

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    Zheng, Xuesheng; Li, Shiting; Sheng, Hansong; Feng, Baohui; Zhang, Nu; Xie, Chaoran

    2016-04-01

    Tarlov cyst is an abnormal expansion of the spinal nerve sleeve, and it communicates with the subarachnoid cavity via a perineural fistula. This study presents our experience of a balloon-assisted fistula sealing procedure in treating Tarlov cyst. Twenty-two patients with symptomatic Tarlov cysts were surgically treated. An emulsion balloon was placed into the lumbar subarachnoid cistern through a trocar, so as to temporarily block cerebrospinal fluid flow, then the thecal sac was opened and the inlet of the fistula was sealed by suture of a muscular patch and reinforced by fibrin glue. Finally, the cyst wall was imbricated and the bony cavity was filled with pedicled muscle flaps. Comparing the preoperative and postoperative pain scores according to visual analog scale, 2 patients were slightly improved and 18 patients were substantially improved, including 3 completely pain-free cases. Only 2 patients were unchanged in pain, and both of them had multiple cysts. As a whole, the postoperative pain score was much better than the preoperative score (2.4 vs. 7.5; P < 0.01). Bladder weakness was slightly improved, and bowel dysfunction was almost unchanged after operation. During follow-up, cyst recurrence was found in 1 patient. The balloon-assisted fistula sealing procedure is safe and effective for Tarlov cyst, especially for the single cyst. It is a good complement to the cyst wall imbricating procedure. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Presentation and management of rectovaginal fistulas after delivery.

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    Reisenauer, Christl

    2016-06-01

    Obstetric trauma leading to rectovaginal fistula (RVF) formation results from perineal laceration and/or from prolonged ischemia and necrosis following obstructed labor. Due to modern obstetric care fistulas are rare in industrialized countries. Patients undergoing surgery for a RVF between January 2005 and December 2014 at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tuebingen, Germany, were identified and their records were reviewed retrospectively. Of 48 patients, 13 developed RVF of obstetric etiology. Parity ranged from 2 to 4. RVF repair was performed in all patients using a transvaginal approach: fistula excision and multilayer closure (7 of 13) with Martius flap interposition (1 of 7) and sphincteroplasty (5 of 13). One RVF closed spontaneously. Due to significant destruction of the anal canal, large RVF and RVF recurrence, 4 of the 13 patients needed a temporary protective ileostomy. Fistula closure was achieved in 12 of 13 patients. The choice of RVF repair should be tailored to the underlying pathology and type of repair done previously and the patient's wishes.

  12. Combined partial fistulectomy and electro-cauterization of the intersphincteric tract as a sphincter-sparing treatment of complex anal fistula: clinical and functional outcome.

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    Shafik, A A; El Sibai, O; Shafik, I A

    2014-11-01

    The aim of this study was to report a simple, effective and safe procedure, associated with minimal risk of incontinence and recurrence, for treating complex anal fistulas. This was a prospective study of 53 consecutive patients with complex anal fistulas. The technique used included excision of the distal part of the fistula tract down to the external anal sphincter and electro-cauterization of the intersphincteric part of the tract with simple closure of the internal opening. Data collected included patient characteristics, fistula type determined by magnetic resonance imaging, pre- and postoperative continence status evaluated using the Wexner incontinence score (0-10), previous operations, hospital stay, healing time, recurrence rate and complications. The patients had a mean age of 41.37 ± 7.82 years; the most frequent fistula type was the high transsphincteric fistula; the mean follow-up period was 19 months with a success rate of 92.5 %; the mean wound healing time was 3.6 weeks; the incontinence scores were the same as before the procedure. The recurrence rate was 7.5 %. Partial fistulectomy combined with electrocauterization of the intersphincteric fistula tract is a simple, and effective procedure for the treatment of complex anal fistulas.

  13. Traumatic subarachnoid-pleural fistula

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    Brown, W.H.; Stothert, J.C. Jr.

    1985-11-01

    Traumatic subarachnoid-pleural fistulas are rare. The authors found nine cases reported since 1959. Seven have been secondary to trauma and two following thoracotomy. One patient's death is thought to be directly related to the fistula. The diagnosis should be suspected in patients with a pleural effusion and associated vertebral trauma. The diagnosis can usually be confirmed with contrast or radioisotopic myelography. Successful closure of the fistula will usually occur spontaneously with closed tube drainage and antibiotics; occasionally, thoracotomy is necessary to close the rent in the dura.

  14. Transvaginal early fistula debridement and repair plus continuous vacuum aspiration via anal tube for rectovaginal fistula following rectal cancer surgery: report of four cases.

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    Luo, Guo-De; Cao, Yong-Kuan; Wang, Yong-Hua; Zhang, Guo-Hu; Wang, Pei-Hong; Gong, Jia-Qing

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the feasibility and superiority of transvaginal early fistula debridement and repair plus continuous vacuum aspiration via anal tube for rectovaginal fistula following rectal cancer surgery. The clinical data of four cases of rectovaginal fistula following rectal cancer surgery were retrospectively analyzed in our center. After adequate preoperative preparation, the patients underwent transvaginal fistula debridement and repair plus continuous vacuum aspiration via anal tube under continuous epidural anesthesia. After surgery and before discharge, anti-infection and nutritional support was administered for 2 d, and fluid diet and anal tube vacuum aspiration continued for 7 d. All the four cases healed. Three of them healed after one operation, and the other patient had obvious shrinkage of the fistular orifice after the first operation and underwent the same operation for a second time before complete healing. The duration of postoperative follow-up was 2, 7, 8 and 9 months respectively. No recurrence or abnormal sex life was reported. Early transvaginal fistula debridement and repair plus continuous vacuum aspiration via anal tube are feasible for rectovaginal fistula following rectal cancer surgery. This operation has many advantages, such as minimal invasiveness, short durations of operation, short treatment cycles, and easy acceptance by the patient. In addition, it does not necessitate colostomy for feces shunt and a secondary colostomy and reduction.

  15. Synchronous mucinous adenocarcinoma of the recto sigmoid revealed by and seeding an anal fistula. (A case report and review of the literature).

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    Spiridakis, Konstadinos G; Sfakianakis, Elefterios E; Flamourakis, Manthos E; Intzepogazoglou, Dimitra S; Tsagataki, Eleni S; Ximeris, Nikolaos E; Rachmanis, Efstathios K; Gionis, Ioannis G; Kostakis, Giorgos E; Christodoulakis, Manousos S

    2017-01-01

    There are few cases of synchronous rectal adenocarcinoma revealed by an anal fistula. The diagnosis of synchronous mucinous adenocarcinoma of the recto sigmoid and anal canal remains difficult. The chronic anal fistula can be mistaken as the common manifestation of a benign perianal abscess or fistula. We present a rare case of a Greek Caucasian 79year old male patient with anal fistula and a recurrent perianal abscess who subsequently was found to have developed synchronous rectosigmoid and perianal mucinous adenocarcinoma on biopsy. The histological exam revealed mucinous adenocarcinoma in two sites, representing two tumors, cells were immunopositive for cytokeratin 20 and negative in cytokeratin 7. The patient underwent "laparoscopic extralevator abdominoperineal excision " with both lesions being resected. There is no recurrence after four years of follow up. This case highlights the importance of high suspicion, further investigation and the need of biopsy in all anal fistulae. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  16. Spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas--presentation, management and outcome in a single neurosurgical institution.

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    Clark, S; Powell, G; Kandasamy, J; Lee, M; Nahser, H; Pigott, T

    2013-08-01

    To compare the outcome, with respect to treatment modality, of patients treated with spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas (SDAVF). Retrospective cohort study of patients with SDAVF assessed at a single tertiary referral centre, between 1999 and 2009. Intervention type, pre-/ post-intervention Aminoff-Logue disability score (ALDS) and recurrence rate were obtained from medical records. 26 patients were identified with 23 receiving intervention. All patients initially received super selective angiogram, with 13 undergoing endovascular embolization at this stage, after discussion between the surgeon and interventional radiologist. Six patients who underwent embolization had a recurrence. The remaining 10 patients had fistulas marked during angiography, and were then treated surgically, after discussion. One of these recurred. The difference in recurrence rate between the two intervention types was not statistically significant. Fistulas treated with the embolization material onyx were twice as likely to recur as those treated with the alternative material, histoacryl-lipiodol. There was a statistically significant difference between the modes of intervention in relation to clinical outcome. Surgeries lead to an improvement in neurology, whereas treatment via embolization did not. Neurological improvement was seen in non-recurring cases, however deterioration in neurological function occurred with fistula recurrence. Super selective angiography is effective in defining the relevant vascular anatomy and allows for precise fistula localization during any potential subsequent surgery. Onyx was associated with a higher recurrence rate, suggesting it is less suitable as an embolization material for SDAVF treatment. Surgery appeared to correlate to reversal of neurological impairment seen at presentation, possibly due to a lower recurrence rate. The study is limited by small patient numbers, emphasizing the need for further studies of SDAVF patients.

  17. Randomized controlled trial of minimally invasive surgery using acellular dermal matrix for complex anorectal fistula

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    A ba-bai-ke-re, Ma-Mu-Ti-Jiang; Wen, Hao; Huang, Hong-Guo; Chu, Hui; Lu, Ming; Chang, Zhong-Sheng; Ai, Er-Ha-Ti; Fan, Kai

    2010-01-01

    AIM: To compare the efficacy and safety of acellular dermal matrix (ADM) bioprosthetic material and endorectal advancement flap (ERAF) in treatment of complex anorectal fistula. METHODS: Ninety consecutive patients with complex anorectal fistulae admitted to Anorectal Surgical Department of First Affiliated Hospital, Xinjiang Medical University from March 2008 to July 2009, were enrolled in this study. Complex anorectal fistula was diagnosed following its clinical, radiographic, or endoscopic diagnostic criteria. Under spinal anesthesia, patients underwent identification and irrigation of the fistula tracts using hydrogen peroxide. ADM was securely sutured at the secondary opening to the primary opening using absorbable suture. Outcomes of ADM and ERAF closure were compared in terms of success rate, fecal incontinence rate, anorectal deformity rate, postoperative pain time, closure time and life quality score. Success was defined as closure of all external openings, absence of drainage without further intervention, and absence of abscess formation. Follow-up examination was performed 2 d, 2, 4, 6, 12 wk, and 5 mo after surgery, respectively. RESULTS: No patient was lost to follow-up. The overall success rate was 82.22% (37/45) 5.7 mo after surgery. ADM dislodgement occured in 5 patients (11.11%), abscess formation was found in 1 patient, and fistula recurred in 2 patients. Of the 13 patients with recurrent fistula using ERAF, 5 (11.11%) received surgical drainage because of abscess formation. The success rate, postoperative pain time and closure time of ADM were significantly higher than those of ERAF (P < 0.05). However, no difference was observed in fecal incontinence rate and anorectal deformity rate after treatment with ADM and ERAF. CONCLUSION: Closure of fistula tract opening with ADM is an effective procedure for complex anorectal fistula. ADM should be considered a first line treatment for patients with complex anorectal fistula. PMID:20614483

  18. Interventional management of gastrointestinal fistulas.

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    Kwon, Se Hwan; Oh, Joo Hyeong; Kim, Hyoung Jung; Park, Sun Jin; Park, Ho Chul

    2008-01-01

    Gastrointestinal (GI) fistulas are frequently very serious complications that are associated with high morbidity and mortality. GI fistulas can cause a wide array of pathophysiological effects by allowing abnormal diversion of the GI contents, including digestive fluid, water, electrolytes, and nutrients, from either one intestine to another or from the intestine to the skin. As an alternative to surgery, recent technical advances in interventional radiology and percutaneous techniques have been shown as advantageous to lower the morbidity and mortality rate, and allow for superior accessibility to the fistulous tracts via the use of fistulography. In addition, new interventional management techniques continue to emerge. We describe the clinical and imaging features of GI fistulas and outline the interventional management of GI fistulas.

  19. Colovesical fistula presenting with epididymitis.

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    Arneill, Matthew; Hennessey, Derek Barry; McKay, Damian

    2013-04-23

    This article reports a case of colovesical fistula presenting with epididymitis. A 75-year-old man with a recent conservatively managed localised diverticular perforation presented to hospital with acute pain and swelling of his left testicle and epididymis. On further questioning, the patient reported passing air in his urine. Urine cultures grew Enterococcus faecalis. Ultrasound scan confirmed a diagnosis of bacterial epididymitis and the patient was treated with intravenous antibiotics. Subsequent CT imaging revealed air in the bladder and a colovesical fistula. The patient went on to have Hartmann's procedure with repair of the bladder defect. This case highlights that: (1) Colovesical fistulae may rarely present with epididymitis. (2) Colovesical fistulae are the most common cause of pneumaturia.

  20. Interventional Management of Gastrointestinal Fistulas

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    Kwon, Se Hwan; Kim, Hyoung Jung; Park, Sun Jin; Park, Ho Chul

    2008-01-01

    Gastrointestinal (GI) fistulas are frequently very serious complications that are associated with high morbidity and mortality. GI fistulas can cause a wide array of pathophysiological effects by allowing abnormal diversion of the GI contents, including digestive fluid, water, electrolytes, and nutrients, from either one intestine to another or from the intestine to the skin. As an alternative to surgery, recent technical advances in interventional radiology and percutaneous techniques have been shown as advantageous to lower the morbidity and mortality rate, and allow for superior accessibility to the fistulous tracts via the use of fistulography. In addition, new interventional management techniques continue to emerge. We describe the clinical and imaging features of GI fistulas and outline the interventional management of GI fistulas. PMID:19039271

  1. Arteriovenous fistula complication following MRI

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    Kirkman, Danielle; Junglee, Naushad; Mullins, Paul; Macdonald, Jamie Hugo

    2012-01-01

    Health professionals should be aware of medical procedures that cause vascular access complications. This case describes a haemodialysis patient who experienced pain, swelling and bruising over a radiocephalic fistula following MRI. Exactly the same signs and symptoms were evident following a second scan performed 3 months later. Plausible explanations include a radio frequency-induced electrical current being formed at the arteriovenous fistula, or varying gradients of the MRI sequence stimulating peripheral nerves, leading to a site of increased tissue stimulation. Of note, a juxta-anastomotic venous stenosis was confirmed by fistulogram 4 days after the second scan, although whether this access failure was due to the MRI scan per se could not be ascertained. Nevertheless, these previously undocumented observations suggest that careful patient and fistula monitoring is required when completing MRI scans in those with an arteriovenous fistula. PMID:22927271

  2. Arteriovenous fistula complication following MRI.

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    Kirkman, Danielle; Junglee, Naushad; Mullins, Paul; Macdonald, Jamie Hugo

    2012-08-27

    Health professionals should be aware of medical procedures that cause vascular access complications. This case describes a haemodialysis patient who experienced pain, swelling and bruising over a radiocephalic fistula following MRI. Exactly the same signs and symptoms were evident following a second scan performed 3 months later. Plausible explanations include a radio frequency-induced electrical current being formed at the arteriovenous fistula, or varying gradients of the MRI sequence stimulating peripheral nerves, leading to a site of increased tissue stimulation. Of note, a juxta-anastomotic venous stenosis was confirmed by fistulogram 4 days after the second scan, although whether this access failure was due to the MRI scan per se could not be ascertained. Nevertheless, these previously undocumented observations suggest that careful patient and fistula monitoring is required when completing MRI scans in those with an arteriovenous fistula.

  3. [Xanthrogranulomatous pyelonephritis with nephrocutaneous fistula].

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    Devevey, Jean-Marc; Randrianantenaina, Amédée; Soubeyrand, Marie-Sophie; Justrabo, Eve; Michel, Frédéric

    2003-04-01

    The authors report a case of xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis presenting with nephrocutaneous fistula. This case illustrates all of the typical features of this disease: late diagnosis, non-functioning affected kidney, staghorn calculi, urinary tract anomaly, perinephritis with fistulization. The authors review the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities of xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis and discuss the other aetiologies of nephrocutaneous fistula. In view of the severity of this disease and its preoperative resemblance to renal cancer, nephrectomy is often the only available treatment option.

  4. Spontaneous nephrocutaneous fistula.

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    Antunes, Alberto A; Calado, Adriano A; Falcão, Evandro

    2004-01-01

    Spontaneous renal fistula to the skin is rare. The majority of cases develop in patients with antecedents of previous renal surgery, renal trauma, renal tumors, and chronic urinary tract infection with abscess formation. We report the case of a 62-year old woman, who complained of urine leakage through the skin in the lumbar region for 2 years. She underwent a fistulography that revealed drainage of contrast agent to the collecting system and images suggesting renal lithiasis on this side. The patient underwent simple nephrectomy on this side and evolved without intercurrences in the post-operative period. Currently, the occurrence of spontaneous renal and perirenal abscesses is extremely rare, except in patients with diabetes, neoplasias and immunodepression in general.

  5. External biliary fistula.

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    Sharma, A K

    2001-01-01

    A biliary fistula is almost invariably related to gallstone disease and commonly follows a hurried cholecystectomy by an inexperienced surgeon. This catastrophy which is largely preventable, often necessitates repeated surgical intervention and accrues an estimated 5-year mortality rate approaching 30%. Published series only show a slight increase in the incidence (one per 150-200) after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The injury results from imprecise dissection and inadequate demonstration of the anatomical structures. The diagnosis is usually obvious and persistent tachycardia and hypotension inspite of an adequate intravenous infusion and a normal central venous pressure is another well known indicator of subhepatic collection of bile, which indicates an urgent ultrasonographic scanning of the upper abodmen. ERCP is a useful diagnostic and therapeutic tool when the continuity of the extra-hepatic biliary system has not been disrupted. An endobiliary stent can be placed across the defect in the same sitting, to tide over the immediate crisis and perhaps treat the patient on a permanent basis. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a non-invasive technique of outlining both the intra and extrahepatic biliary tree, which can provide a better road map of the fistula than an ERCP. The management has to be tailored to the patient's condition and the expertise available. A bilio-enteric anastomosis, performed 4 to 6 months after the initial surgery on a dilated common hepatic duct is more likely to succeed than an operation on a septic, hypoproteinemic patient with sodden, friable, non-dilated bile ducts. On the other hand, waiting for the ducts to dilate in a patient with a complete transection of the bile ducts with complete biliary diversion only leads to depletion of the bile acid pool, severe electrolyte derangement and nutritional failure, leading on to sepsis and death.

  6. [Endoscopic management of postoperative biliary fistulas].

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    Farca, A; Moreno, M; Mundo, F; Rodríguez, G

    1991-01-01

    Biliary fistulas have been managed by surgical correction with no good results. From 1986 to 1990, endoscopic therapy was attempted in 24 patients with postoperative persistent biliary-cutaneous fistulas. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiography demonstrated residual biliary stones in 19 patients (79%). The mean fistula drainage was 540 ml/day, and in 75% the site of the fistula was near the cistic duct stump. Sphincterotomy with or without biliary stent placement resulted in rapid resolution of the fistula in 23 patients (95.8%). In those patients treated with biliary stents the fistula healed spectacularly in 24-72 hrs.

  7. Combined treatment of iatrogenic rectourethral fistula with endoscopic fibrin glue application and clipping.

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    Dolay, Kemal; Aras, Bekir; Tuğcu, Volkan; Ozbay, Bedi; Aygün, Erşan; Taşçi, Ali Ihsan

    2007-04-01

    Rectourethral fistula (RUF) formation is a rare complication of prostatic surgery and other pelvic surgical procedures. The results of operations to correct RUF are not always satisfying, with a particular risk of recurrent breakdown or stricture formation at the site of the urethral closure. We present a case of a small RUF treated videoendoscopically with fibrin-glue application combined with endoscopic clipping.

  8. Fistulotomy with end-to-end primary sphincteroplasty for anal fistula: results from a prospective study.

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    Ratto, Carlo; Litta, Francesco; Parello, Angelo; Zaccone, Giuseppe; Donisi, Lorenza; De Simone, Veronica

    2013-02-01

    Fistulotomy plus primary sphincteroplasty for complex anal fistulas is regarded with scepticism, mainly because of the risk of postoperative incontinence. The aim of this study was to evaluate safety and effectiveness of this technique in medium-term follow up and to identify potential predictive factors of success and postoperative continence impairment. This was a prospective observational study conducted at a tertiary care university hospital in Italy. A total of 72 patients with complex anal fistula of cryptoglandular origin underwent fistulotomy and end-to-end primary sphincteroplasty; patients were followed up at 1 week, 1 and 3 months, 1 year, and were invited to participate in a recent follow-up session. Success regarding healing of the fistula was assessed with 3-dimensional endoanal ultrasound and clinical evaluation. Continence status was evaluated using the Cleveland Clinic fecal incontinence score and by patient report of post-defecation soiling. Of the 72 patients, 12 (16.7%) had recurrent fistulas and 29 patients (40.3%) had undergone seton drainage before definitive surgery. At a mean follow-up of 29.4 (SD, 23.7; range, 6-91 months, the success rate of treatment was 95.8% (69 patients). Fistula recurrence was observed in 3 patients at a mean of 17.3 (SD, 10.3; range, 6-26) months of follow-up. Cleveland Clinic fecal incontinence score did not change significantly (p = 0.16). Eight patients (11.6% of those with no baseline incontinence) reported de novo postdefecation soiling. None of the investigated factors was a significant predictor of success. Patients with recurrent fistula after previous fistula surgery had a 5-fold increased probability of having impaired continence (relative risk = 5.00, 95% CI, 1.45-17.27, p = 0.02). The study was limited by potential single-institution bias, lack of anorectal manometry, and lack of quality of life assessment. Fistulotomy with end-to-end primary sphincteroplasty can be considered to be an effective

  9. Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Repair of Spontaneous Appendicovesical Fistula

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    Kibar, Yusuf; Yalcin, Serdar; Kopru, Burak; Topuz, Bahadir; Ebiloglu, Turgay

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Background: To report the first case of the spontaneous appendicovesical fistulas' (AVF) repair with robot assisted laparoscopy. Case Presentation: A 29-year-old male patient with urgent persistant bacteriuria and dysuria was referred to our clinic. Physical examination and blood tests were normal. He had used various antibiotics due to recurrent UTI for about 20 years. Computed tomography revealed the fistula tract between the distal end of the appendix and right lateral wall of the bladder dome. He was successfully treated with robot-assisted laparoscopic repair. Following this surgery, the patient's complaints were resolved completely. Conclusion: AVF is the rare condition. Robot-assisted laparoscopy repair of AVF is safe and effective treatment option. PMID:27579435

  10. Stent graft placement for a tracheoinnominate artery fistula.

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    Troutman, Douglas A; Dougherty, Matthew J; Spivack, Adam I; Calligaro, Keith D

    2014-05-01

    A 68-year-old woman with ventilator-dependent respiratory failure and multiple comorbidities developed acute massive hemoptysis. Computed tomographic angiogram revealed a 3.9-cm pseudoaneurysm arising from the innominate artery abutting the trachea. The patient was successfully treated with stent graft insertion via the right common carotid artery, with exclusion of the aneurysm from the proximal innominate to the right common carotid artery, with ligation of the proximal right subclavian artery and right common carotid to subclavian artery bypass. The patient remained medically stable for 3 months after the procedure with no evidence of endoleak or infection. She then developed recurrent hemoptysis with fatal cardiac arrest. Open surgical repair has been the treatment of choice for tracheoinnominate artery fistula. However, direct repair confers a high mortality risk. Endovascular exclusion offers a less invasive treatment option for tracheoinnominate artery fistula and can serve as a bridge for patients with potential for becoming better surgical candidates.

  11. Lethal Hemorrhage Caused by Aortoenteric Fistula Following Endovascular Stent Implantation

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    Kahlke, Volker; Brossmann, Joachim; Klomp, Hans-Juergen

    2002-06-15

    A 55-year-old women developed an aortointestinal fistula between the bifurcation of the aorta and the distal ileum following implantation of multiple endovascular stents into both common iliac arteries for treatment of aortoiliac occlusive disease. Ten months before the acute onset of the gastrointestinal hemorrhage two balloon-expandable steel stents had been implanted into both common iliac arteries. Due to restenosis and recurrent intermittent claudication, three balloon-expandable covered stents were implanted 4 months later on reintervention. The patient presented with abdominal pain and melena, and fell into hemorrhagic shock with signs of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. After transfer to our hospital, she again developed hemorrhagic shock with massive upper and lower gastrointestinal bleeding and died during emergency laparotomy. The development of aortoenteric fistulas following endovascular surgery/stent implantation is very rare and has to be considered in cases of acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage.

  12. Enlarged Tracheoesophageal Puncture after Total Laryngectomy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Hutcheson, Katherine A.; Lewin, Jan S.; Sturgis, Erich M.; Kapadia, Asha; Risser, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Background Enlargement of the tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP) is a challenging complication after laryngectomy with TEP. We sought to estimate the rate of enlarged puncture, associated pneumonia rates, potential risk factors, and conservative treatments excluding complete surgical TEP closure. Methods A systematic review was conducted (1978–2008). A summary risk estimate was calculated using a random-effects meta-analysis model. Results Twenty-seven peer-reviewed manuscripts were included. The rate of enlarged puncture and/or leakage around the prosthesis was reported in 23 articles (range, 1% to 29%; summary risk estimate, 7.2%; 95% confidence interval [CI], 4.8% to 9.6%). Temporary removal of the prosthesis and TEP- site injections were the most commonly reported conservative treatments. Prosthetic diameter (p =.076) and timing of TEP (p = .297) were analyzed as risk factors; however, radiotherapy variables were inconsistently reported. Conclusion The overall risk of enlarged puncture seems relatively low, but it remains a rehabilitative challenge. Future research should clearly establish risk factors for enlarged puncture and optimal conservative management. PMID:20848420

  13. Long-term results with tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis: primary versus secondary TEP.

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    Boscolo-Rizzo, Paolo; Zanetti, Federica; Carpené, Silvia; Da Mosto, Maria Cristina

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of timing of tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP)with indwelling voice prosthesis insertion regarding long-term success rate and postoperative complication. We conducted a Retrospective clinical study at tertiary academic center. There were 75 patients with primary TEP (80.6%) and 18 with secondary TEP (19.3%). Long-term success rate was 81.7%, with 80.0% in primary TEP and 88.9% in secondary TEP. No significant difference in Harrison-Robillard-Schultz Rating Scale success assessment were observed between patients with primary and secondary TEP (P = .596). The use of postoperative radiotherapy did not significantly influence the success rate. The age of patients who were older or younger than 60 years significantly influence the success rate in primary TEP (P = .012). The higher rate of complications in primary TEP was not statistically significant. These findings suggest that primary and secondary TEP are equally safe and effective procedures. Primary TEP should be preferred because of avoiding a second surgical intervention and allowing early voice restoration with a considerable psychological impact.

  14. Fistulojejunostomy for the management of refractory pancreatic fistula.

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    Nair, Rajalakshmi R; Lowy, Andrew M; McIntyre, Benjamin; Sussman, Jeffrey J; Matthews, Jeffrey B; Ahmad, Syed A

    2007-10-01

    Pancreatic fistula (PF) formation is a known complication of pancreatic surgery, pancreatitis, and pancreatic injury. When medical or endoscopic interventions fail to resolve PF, operation remains the only viable treatment option. Unfortunately, operation for the correction of PF is often difficult and associated with significant morbidity. Herein, we report on our experience with a previously described technique for the management of PF that is performed easily and is associated with reduced morbidity. During the period of 2003-2006, 8 patients (males = 6, female = 2) with PF were treated with prolonged percutaneous drainage. Once a mature scar tract formed around the percutaneous drain, patients underwent a fistulojejunostomy. The age of these patients ranged from 43 to 61 years. Of the 8 patients, 5 had fistulas secondary to necrotizing pancreatitis. The remaining 3 patients had fistulas resulting from previous pancreatic surgery. The average interval between drain placement and fistulojejunostomy was 6 months (range, 4-7 months). The average duration of operation was 2.5 h (range, 1-4.5 h). The average blood loss was 280 mL (range, 50-600 mL). Average duration of stay was 9 days (average, 4-14 days). At a mean follow-up of 17 months (range, 2-58 months), 6 of 8 patients had resolution of their pancreatic fistulas, could resume regular diet, and were free of narcotic use. One patient developed a recurrent pseudocyst and required a distal pancreatectomy, and the final patient was lost to follow-up. Fistulojejunostomy is an effective therapy for the definitive treatment of pancreatic fistulas.

  15. Ligation of Intersphincteric Fistula Tract vs Ligation of the Intersphincteric Fistula Tract Plus a Bioprosthetic Anal Fistula Plug Procedure in Patients With Transsphincteric Anal Fistula: Early Results of a Multicenter Prospective Randomized Trial.

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    Han, Jia Gang; Wang, Zhen Jun; Zheng, Yi; Chen, Chao Wen; Wang, Xiao Qiang; Che, Xiang Ming; Song, Wei Liang; Cui, Jin Jie

    2016-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) with an additional plug (LIFT-plug) in the treatment of transsphincteric anal fistula. Both LIFT and LIFT-plug are recently reported effective alternatives of transsphincteric anal fistula. This multicenter prospective randomized study (NCT01478139) was conducted at 5 university hospitals throughout China. A total of 235 patients were randomly assigned to undergo LIFT (118 patients) or LIFT-plug (117 patients) between March 2011 and April 2013. The primary outcome measured was primary healing rate at 6 months postoperatively and healing time. Secondary outcomes included recurrence rate, postoperative pain, and incontinence rate. The LIFT procedure showed shorter operative time than the LIFT-plug procedure (26.7 min vs 28.5 min, P = 0.03). Median healing time was 22 days in LIFT-plug group vs 30 days in LIFT group (P < 0.001). The difference in visual analog scale scores across all time points was not statistically significant between the groups (P = 0.13). The primary healing rate was higher in LIFT-plug group than in LIFT group [94.0% (95% confidence interval 89.7%-98.3%) vs 83.9% (95% confidence interval 77.2%-90.6%), P < 0.001]. There were no reported incontinence and recurrence within the follow-up period of 6 months. In patients with transsphincteric anal fistulas, both LIFT-plug and LIFT are simple, safe, and effective procedures. LIFT-plug has the advantage of a higher healing rate, less healing time, and a lower early postoperative pain score.

  16. Transperitoneal laparoscopic repair of vesicovaginal fistula for patients with supratrigonal fistula: comparison with open transperitoneal technique.

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    Xiong, Yang; Tang, Yunhua; Huang, Fang; Liu, Longfei; Zhang, Xiangyang

    2016-09-01

    We investigated the treatment outcomes of laparoscopic vesicovaginal fistula repair (LVVFR) in patients with supratrigonal vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) in contrast with open transperitoneal vesicovaginal fistula repair (OVVFR). We analyzed 58 VVF repairs from June 2005 to July 2014, with 22 patients in the LVVFR group and 36 in the OVVFR group. Demographic parameters, operative variables, and perioperative outcomes were retrospectively collected and analyzed. The chi-square test, Fisher's exact test, Student's t test and the Mann-Whitney U test were used for statistical analysis. Patients in both groups had comparable preoperative characteristics. Significantly shorter hospital stay (5.6 vs. 13.2 days, p < 0.05) and less blood loss (52 vs. 103 ml, p < 0.05) were observed in LVVFR group. Patients in the LVVFR group achieved a higher overall VVF success rate (95.5 % vs. 83.3 %, p > 0.05) and recurrent VVF success rate (90.0 % vs. 75.0 %, p > 0.05) than OVVFR group, but it was not statistically significant. Patients who underwent OVVFR experienced more postoperative symptomatic bladder spasms (8.3 % vs. 4.5 %, p > 0.05), urinary tract infections (UTIs) (5.6 % vs. 0.0 %, p > 0.05), and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) (5.6 % vs. 4.5 %, p > 0.05), but fewer incidents of postoperative ileus (0.0 % vs. 4.5 %, p > 0.05) than the LVVFR group; differences were not significant. Judging from this initial trial, LVVFR should be recommended as the primary intervention to treat supratrigonal VVF patients in view of its reduced blood loss and hospital stay.

  17. [Advances on endoscopic treatment of intestinal fistulas].

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    Wu, X W; Ren, J A; Li, J S

    2016-03-01

    Intestinal fistulas are severe complications after abdominal surgical procedures. The endoscopic therapy makes it possible to close fistulas without surgical interventions. When patients achieved stabilization and had no signs of systemic sepsis or inflammation, these therapies could be conducted, which included endoscopic vacuum therapy, fibrin glue sealing, stents, fistula plug, suture, and Over The Scope Clip (OTSC). Various techniques may be combined. Endoscopy vacuum therapy could be applied to control systemic inflammation and prevent continuing septic contamination by active drainage. Endoscopic stent is placed over fistulas and gastrointestinal continuity is recovered. The glue sealing is applied for enterocutaneous fistulas, and endoscopy suture has the best results seen in fistulas <1 cm in diameter. Insertion of the fistula plug is used to facilitate fistula healing. The OTSC is effective to treat leaks with large defects. Endoscopic treatment could avoid reoperation and could be regarded as the first-line treatment for specific patients.

  18. Management of low transsphincteric anal fistula with serial setons and interval muscle-cutting fistulotomy.

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    Wang, Chen; Rosen, Lester

    2016-03-01

    This study evaluates low transsphincteric anal fistula managed by serial setons and interval fistulotomy, with attention to healing without recurrence and preservation of continence. Following Institutional Review Board approval, consecutive anal fistula operations performed by a single surgeon from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2013 were retrospectively reviewed using electronic medical records and telephone interviews for patients lost to follow up. Of the 71 patients, 26 (37%) had low transsphincteric fistula (23 males and 3 females; mean age: 46 years), treated at our institution by seton placement followed by interval surgical muscle cutting and subsequent seton replacement or final fistulotomy. Of the 26 patients, 22 (85%) were initially referred due to previous failed treatment, with a 30.6 month mean duration of fistula prior to referral and a mean of 2.2 (range: 0 -6) prior anorectal surgeries. At a mean follow-up of 11.9 months, none of the 21 patients experienced recurrence or fecal incontinence. Serial seton with interval muscle-cutting sphincterotomy followed by complete fistulotomy is an effective treatment for the management of patients who are either initially seen for low transsphincteric fistula, or referred after failed anorectal surgery for that condition.

  19. Pharyngo-cutaneous fistulae after laryngectomy. Influence of previous radiotherapy and prophylactic metronidazole

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    Johansen, L.V.; Overgaard, J.; Elbrond, O.

    1988-02-15

    The development of a pharyngocutaneous fistulae is a major complication after total laryngectomy. In Denmark radiotherapy is the primary treatment for all laryngeal carcinomas. Based on the experience with conventional daily irradiation, a split-course radiation schedule was introduced in 1978. The charts of 106 consecutive patients laryngectomized for recurrence in the years 1975 to 1984 were examined. Thirty-four patients developed a fistula. An evaluation of the different radiotherapy schedules used during this period allowed a dose-response curve to be constructed. It showed a pronounced increase of fistulae with high doses of radiotherapy. Split-course radiotherapy caused a rise in late complications and did not improve tumor control. Large field sizes increased the number of fistulae. High-dose fractions showed a surprisingly high incidence of late complications. Prophylactic metronidazole (introduced in 1980) resulted in a highly significant decrease in the frequency of postoperative fistulae. Patients in whom fistula formed were hospitalized for an average of 54 days, patients without, for 22 days.

  20. Role of the pectoralis major myofascial flap in preventing pharyngocutaneous fistula following salvage laryngectomy.

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    Sharma, S; Chaukar, D A; Laskar, S G; Kapre, N; Deshmukh, A; Pai, P; Chaturvedi, P; D'Cruz, A

    2016-09-01

    This study aimed to assess the utility of onlay pectoralis major myofascial flap in preventing pharyngocutaneous fistula following salvage total laryngectomy. A retrospective analysis was performed of 172 patients who underwent salvage laryngectomy for recurrent carcinoma of the larynx or hypopharynx between 1999 and 2014. One hundred and ten patients underwent primary closure and 62 patients had pectoralis major myofascial flap onlay. The overall pharyngocutaneous fistula rate was 43 per cent, and was similar in both groups (primary closure group, 43.6 per cent; onlay flap group, 41.9 per cent; p = 0.8). Fistulae in the onlay flap group healed faster: the median and mean fistula duration were 37 and 55 days, respectively, in the primary closure group and 20 and 25 days, respectively, in the onlay flap group (p = 0.008). Use of an onlay pectoralis major myofascial flap did not decrease the pharyngocutaneous fistula rate, although fistula duration was shortened. A well-designed randomised-controlled trial is needed to establish parameters for its routine use in clinical practice.

  1. Embolization of direct carotid cavernous fistulas with the novel double-balloon technique

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    Niu, Yin; Li, Lin; Tang, Jun; Zhu, Gang

    2015-01-01

    Multiple endovascular management of direct carotid cavernous fistula (CCF) has been widely accepted as a treatment option. Embolization of the fistula with detachable balloons or thrombogenic coil-based occlusion has been the main choice to treat direct CCF, with good safety and efficacy. This study investigated the safety and efficacy of embolization of direct CCF with the novel double-balloon technique. A retrospective review of a prospective database on cerebral vascular disease was performed. We identified a total of five patients presenting with high-flow direct CCF. All patients were managed with transarterial embolization with the novel double-balloon technique. Three of the five patients were treated with two detachable balloons, and a completely occluded fistula with preservation of the internal carotid artery was achieved. Of the remaining two patients treated with more detachable balloons, one patient achieved a perfect outcome and the other one suffered from recurrent fistula due to balloon migration 3 weeks after embolization. During a follow-up period of 12–18 months, no symptoms reoccurred in any patient. Thus, the double-balloon treatment may be a promising method for CCF complete occlusion. This novel technique may bring more benefits in the following two cases: 1). A single inflated detachable balloon fails to completely occlude the CCF, which causing the next balloon can not pass into the fistula. 2). A giant CCF needs more balloons for fistula embolization. PMID:26586136

  2. [APPLICATION OF FISTULA PLUG WITH THE FIBRIN ADHESIVE IN TREATMENT OF RECTAL FISTULAS].

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    Aydinova, P R; Aliyev, E A

    2015-05-01

    Results of surgical treatment of 21 patients, suffering high transsphincteric and extrasphincteric rectal fistulas, were studied. In patients of Group I the fistula passage was closed, using fistula plug obturator; and in patients of Group II--by the same, but preprocessed by fibrin adhesive. The fistula aperture germeticity, prophylaxis of rude cicatrices development in operative wound zone, promotion of better fixation of bioplastic material were guaranteed, using fistula plug obturator with preprocessing, using fibrin adhesive.

  3. Treatment of rectovaginal fistula by magnetic compression.

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    She, Zhan-Fei; Yan, Xiao-Peng; Ma, Feng; Wang, Hao-Hua; Yang, Huan; Shi, Ai-Hua; Wang, Liang; Qi, Xin; Xiao, Bin; Zou, Yu-Liang; Lv, Yi

    2017-02-01

    Rectovaginal fistula (RVF) is an abnormal epithelium-lined connection between the rectum and vagina. The primary effective treatment is surgical repair, but recurrence remains a challenge. Magnetic compression anastomosis (MCA), an alternative to suturing, has been developed to generate an anastomosis between various hollow viscera. We hypothesized that the MCA approach could be used to treat RVF. We designed a novel MCA device for RVF treatment and evaluated the magnetic compression procedure in a RVF pig model in comparison with the traditional suturing procedure. Following satisfactory outcomes, we also applied the MCA procedure to a human patient with recurrent RVF. The MCA device was designed based on the anatomical characteristics of the pig vagina and previous literature. The pig RVF model were established surgically (n = 12), and compression and control groups were each treated. The data were analyzed by one-way analysis of variance. qqExcept in one animal in each group, the RVF site was smooth and healing was complete. Histological analysis confirmed complete healing of the RVF with high histological continuity to neighboring tissues. The compression procedure applied to our patient with RVF was successful. The patient recovered quickly without complications, and RVF did not recur during a 15-month follow-up. From this preliminary investigation, MCA using our novel device appears to be a safe, simple, and effective nonsurgical procedure for the treatment of RVF.

  4. Surgical Management of Fistula-in-ano Among Patients With Crohn's Disease: Analysis of Outcomes After Fistulotomy or Seton Placement-Single-Center Experience.

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    Papaconstantinou, I; Kontis, E; Koutoulidis, V; Mantzaris, G; Vassiliou, I

    2017-09-01

    Fistula-in-ano is a common problem among patients with Crohn's disease and carries significant morbidity. We aimed to study the outcomes of surgical treatment of fistula-in-ano after fistulotomy or seton placement in patients with perianal fistulizing Crohn's disease. A retrospective observational study of 59 patients diagnosed with Crohn's disease, who were treated surgically for fistula-in-ano between 2010 and 2014 in our department. The assessment of disease complexity included a detailed physical examination, magnetic resonance imaging of the rectum, and examination under anesthesia. Outcomes for analysis included wound healing rate and postoperative incontinence. High transsphincteric fistula was found in 44% of the patients, while mid or low transsphincteric fistulas were found in 51%. Three women (5%) had a rectovaginal fistula. All patients with high transsphincteric fistulas were treated with loose seton placement. Patients with mid- or low-level transsphincteric fistula were offered either fistulotomy or seton placement based on the clinical evaluation. The mean follow-up duration was 1.6 ± 1.1 years. In terms of recurrence, one patient treated with seton placement presented with recurrence 6 months after seton removal and one patient with fistulotomy failed to achieve wound healing. Minor incontinence was found in six patients treated with fistulotomy and in three patients treated with seton placement; however, this difference was not significant (chi-square = 1.723, df = 1, Monte-Carlo: p = 0.273). Fistulotomy could achieve good results in terms of wound healing and incontinence in strictly selected patients with Crohn's disease suffering from low-lying transsphincteric fistulae. For more high-lying or complicated fistulae, seton placement is more appropriate. For high transsphincteric fistulae, the only option is placement of loose seton.

  5. Intracranial pial arteriovenous fistulas.

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    Lee, Ji Yeoun; Son, Young-Je; Kim, Jeong Eun

    2008-08-01

    Intracranial pial arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is a rare cerebrovascular lesion that has only recently been recognized as a distinct pathological entity. A 41-year-old woman (Patient 1) presented with the sudden development of an altered mental state. Brain CT showed an acute subdural hematoma. A red sylvian vein was found intraoperatively. A pial AVF was revealed on postoperative angiography, and surgical disconnection of the AVF was performed. A 10-year-old boy (Patient 2) presented with a 10-day history of paraparesis and urinary incontinence. Brain, spinal MRI and angiography revealed an intracranial pial AVF and a spinal perimedullary AVF. Endovascular embolization was performed for both lesions. The AVFs were completely obliterated in both patients. On follow-up, patient 1 reported having no difficulty in performing activities of daily living. Patient 2 is currently able to walk without assistance and voids into a diaper. Intracranial pial AVF is a rare disease entity that can be treated with surgical disconnection or endovascular embolization. It is important for the appropriate treatment strategy to be selected on the basis of patientspecific and lesion-specific factors in order to achieve good outcomes.

  6. PERFACT procedure to treat supralevator fistula-in-ano: A novel single stage sphincter sparing procedure

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    Garg, Pankaj

    2016-01-01

    AIM: To prospectively perform the PERFACT procedure in supralevator anal fistula/abscess. METHODS: Magnetic resonance imaging was done preoperatively in all the patients. Proximal cauterization around the internal opening, emptying regularly of fistula tracts and curettage of tracts (PERFACT) was done in all patients with supralevator fistula or abscess. All types of anal fistula and/or abscess with supralevator extension, whether intersphincteric or transsphincteric, were included in the study. The internal opening along with the adjacent mucosa was electrocauterized. The resulting wound was left open to heal by secondary intention so as to heal (close) the internal opening by granulation tissue. The supralevator tract/abscess was drained and thoroughly curetted. It was regularly cleaned and kept empty in the postoperative period. The primary outcome parameter was complete fistula healing. The secondary outcome parameters were return to work and change in incontinence scores (Vaizey objective scoring system) assessed preoperatively and at 3 mo after surgery. RESULTS: Seventeen patients were prospectively enrolled and followed for a median of 13 mo (range 5-21 mo). Mean age was 41.1 ± 13.4 years, M:F - 15:2. Fourteen (82.4%) had a recurrent fistula, 8 (47.1%) had an associated abscess, 14 (82.4%) had multiple tracts and 5 (29.4%) had horseshoe fistulae. Infralevator part of fistula was intersphincteric in 4 and transsphincteric in 13 patients. Two patients were excluded. Eleven out of fifteen (73.3%) were cured and 26.7% (4/15) had a recurrence. Two patients with recurrence were reoperated on with the same procedure and one was cured. Thus, the overall healing rate was 80% (12/15). All the patients could resume normal work within 48 h of surgery. There was no deterioration in incontinence scores (Vaizey objective scoring system). This is the largest series of supralevator fistula-in-ano (SLF) published to date. CONCLUSION: PERFACT procedure is an effective single

  7. PERFACT procedure: A new concept to treat highly complex anal fistula

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    Garg, Pankaj; Garg, Mahak

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To check the efficacy of the PERFACT procedure in highly complex fistula-in-ano. METHODS: The PERFACT procedure (proximal superficial cauterization, emptying regularly fistula tracts and curettage of tracts) entails two steps: superficial cauterization of mucosa at and around the internal opening and keeping all the tracts clean. The principle is to permanently close the internal opening by granulation tissue. This is achieved by superficial electrocauterization at and around the internal opening and subsequently allowing the wound to heal by secondary intention. Along with this, all the tracts are curetted and it is ensured that they remain empty and clean in the postoperative period until they heal completely. The latter step also facilitates the closure of the internal opening by preventing collected fluid in the tracts from entering the internal opening and thus not letting it close. Objective incontinence scoring was done preoperatively and 3 mo after the operation. RESULTS: Fifty-one patients with complex fistula-in-ano were prospectively enrolled. The median follow-up was 9 mo (5-14 mo). The mean age was 42.7 ± 11.3 years. Male:female ratio was 43:8. Fistula was recurrent in 76.5% (39/51), horseshoe in 50.1% (26/51), had multiple tracts in 52.9% (27/51), had an associated abscess in 41.2% (21/51), was anterior in 33.3% (17/51), the internal opening was not found in 15.7% (8/51) and 9.8% (5/51) of fistulas had a supralevator extension. Seven patients were excluded (5 lost to follow up, 2 with tuberculosis leading to/associated with fistula-in-ano). The success rate was 79.5% (35/44) and the recurrence rate was 20.5% (9/44). Out of these recurrences, three underwent reoperation (2 PERFACT procedure, 1 fistulotomy) and all three were successful. Thus, the overall success rate was 86.4%. The only complication was a non-healing tract in 9.1% (4/44) of patients. There was no significant change in objective incontinence scores three months after the operation

  8. PERFACT procedure: a new concept to treat highly complex anal fistula.

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    Garg, Pankaj; Garg, Mahak

    2015-04-07

    To check the efficacy of the PERFACT procedure in highly complex fistula-in-ano. The PERFACT procedure (proximal superficial cauterization, emptying regularly fistula tracts and curettage of tracts) entails two steps: superficial cauterization of mucosa at and around the internal opening and keeping all the tracts clean. The principle is to permanently close the internal opening by granulation tissue. This is achieved by superficial electrocauterization at and around the internal opening and subsequently allowing the wound to heal by secondary intention. Along with this, all the tracts are curetted and it is ensured that they remain empty and clean in the postoperative period until they heal completely. The latter step also facilitates the closure of the internal opening by preventing collected fluid in the tracts from entering the internal opening and thus not letting it close. Objective incontinence scoring was done preoperatively and 3 mo after the operation. Fifty-one patients with complex fistula-in-ano were prospectively enrolled. The median follow-up was 9 mo (5-14 mo). The mean age was 42.7 ± 11.3 years. Male:female ratio was 43:8. Fistula was recurrent in 76.5% (39/51), horseshoe in 50.1% (26/51), had multiple tracts in 52.9% (27/51), had an associated abscess in 41.2% (21/51), was anterior in 33.3% (17/51), the internal opening was not found in 15.7% (8/51) and 9.8% (5/51) of fistulas had a supralevator extension. Seven patients were excluded (5 lost to follow up, 2 with tuberculosis leading to/associated with fistula-in-ano). The success rate was 79.5% (35/44) and the recurrence rate was 20.5% (9/44). Out of these recurrences, three underwent reoperation (2 PERFACT procedure, 1 fistulotomy) and all three were successful. Thus, the overall success rate was 86.4%. The only complication was a non-healing tract in 9.1% (4/44) of patients. There was no significant change in objective incontinence scores three months after the operation. The pain was minimal

  9. Surgical Repair of Rectovaginal Fistula Using the Modified Martius Procedure: a Step by Step Guide.

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    Wang, Dan; Chen, Juan; Zhu, Lan; Sang, Mingchen; Yu, Fan; Zhou, Qing

    2017-09-06

    to demonstrate the surgical repair of rectovaginal fistula by the modified Martius procedure. step by step presentation of the procedure using video. Rectovaginal fistula (RVF) is abnormal epithelialized connections between the vagina and rectum. Causes of rectovaginal fistula include obstetrical trauma, Crohn disease, pelvic irradiation and postsurgical complications. Many surgical interventions have been developed, from laparoscopic technique to muscle transposition and even rectal resection. However, treatment of RVF is a great challenge to gynecologic surgeons as the incidence of RVF is low and there is no high evidence for best surgical approach to this disease. When a rectovaginal fistula is persistent or recurrent, the surrounding tissue is always scarred or damaged. So the interposition of a healthy and well-perfused tissue is an appropriate approach to fistula management. The modified Martius procedure using adipose tissue from the labia major places well-vascularized pedicle in the place of the RVF. Limited studies involving the procedure present favorable successful rates. Consent was obtained from the patient. The study was approved by the local Ethics Committee. In this video we describe the modified Martius procedure for management of rectovaginal fistula. We present a 26-year-old woman who suffered from rectovaginal fistula caused by obstetric trauma. She complained of passing flatus and faeces through the vagina one week after vaginal delivery. Then the clinical examination confirmed a rectovaginal fistula, 1 cm in diameter, located in the lower-third of the vagina in local hospital. The fistula was present for about 6 months which bring psychosocial dysfunction to the patient. Then she was transferred to our clinic. After examination, the anal sphincter was intact. After mechanical bowel preparation with polyethylene glycol solution, the patient was presented for surgery. The operating time is about 40 minutes. No recurrence or complications were

  10. Cholescintigraphic diagnosis of cholecystocolic fistula

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    Edell, S.L.; Milunsky, C.; Garren, L.

    1981-07-01

    The diagnosis of a cholecystocolic fistula has often presented a dilemma to the practicing physician. Routine imaging modalities to confirm this diagnosis have not proven extremely successful. The presence of a small fistulous tract from the gallbladder to the colon is often difficult to demonstrate radiographically. However, with the advent of the newer hepatobiliary radioisotopic scanning agents, the ability to visualize the intrahepatic and extrahepatic bile ducts as well as the presence of the intestinal activity of the radiotracers has improved considerably. The authors present a case of cholecystocolic fistula that was adequately demonstrated with a Tc-99m-PIPIDA hepatobiliary scan. This article is the first to report demonstration of this type of fistula with hepatobiliary scanning.

  11. Nutritional management of enterocutaneous fistulas.

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    Slater, Rebecca

    Enterocutaneous fistulas (ECF) may be challenging to manage due to the large volume of fluid losses, that may result in severe dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, malnutrition and sepsis. It is imperative that this group of patients receive adequate nutrition, as malnutrition and sepsis are the leading cause of death. ECF treatment is complex and based on various assessments, treatment can be medical/conservative management or surgical. Depending on the site of the fistula and the nutritional status of the patient, clinicians have to decide whether parenteral nutrition or enteral nutrition should be established. Fistuloclysis is a relatively novel procedure in which nutrition is provided via an enteral feeding tube placed directly into the distal lumen of a high output fistula. Although fistuloclysis is not feasible for all patients with ECF, for those that are eligible, the method appears to be an acceptable and safe method of maintaining and improving nutritional status.

  12. Successful treatment of intractable bronchobiliary fistula using long-term biliary stenting.

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    Katsinelos, Panagiotis; Paroutoglou, George; Chatzimavroudis, Grigoris; Beltsis, Athanasios; Mimidis, Kostas; Katsinelos, Taxiarchis; Pilpilidis, Ioannis; Papaziogas, Basilis

    2007-06-01

    A bronchobiliary fistula (BBF) is an uncommon entity with bilioptysis being a pathognomonic sign. We describe the case of a 41-year-old man who had recurrent BBF, 6 months after resection of the anterior segment of the right lower pulmonary lobe and repair of a BBF due to hepatic hydatid disease. Magnetic resonance cholangiography revealed a communication between the biliary tree and the lower lobe of the right lung. Endoscopic biliary sphincterotomy and repeated insertion of large size biliary plastic stents led to a successful resolution of the symptoms and closure of the fistula.

  13. Hemoptysis due to pulmonary pseudosequestration secondary to gastro-pulmonary fistula after a revisional bariatric operation.

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    Santacruz, Carlos Cerdán; Rodríguez, María Conde; Sánchez-Pernaute, Andrés; García, Antonio José Torres

    2014-10-01

    We report the case of a patient with a history of a complicated revisional bariatric operation who developed a lung pseudosequestration secondary to a gastro-pulmonary fistula. As the patient presented with recurrent hemoptysis, she was initially submitted to embolization of the aberrant vessels and later to a definite operation, which consisted on a diversion of the gastric fistula into a Roux-en-Y intestinal loop. It is an exceptional case about late complications of bariatric surgery, and it underlines the importance of discarding these complications even when the clinical manifestations affect another anatomic region different from the operated abdomen.

  14. The Relationship Between Acoustic Signal Typing and Perceptual Evaluation of Tracheoesophageal Voice Quality for Sustained Vowels.

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    Clapham, Renee P; van As-Brooks, Corina J; van Son, Rob J J H; Hilgers, Frans J M; van den Brekel, Michiel W M

    2015-07-01

    To investigate the relationship between acoustic signal typing and perceptual evaluation of sustained vowels produced by tracheoesophageal (TE) speakers and the use of signal typing in the clinical setting. Two evaluators independently categorized 1.75-second segments of narrow-band spectrograms according to acoustic signal typing and independently evaluated the recording of the same segments on a visual analog scale according to overall perceptual acoustic voice quality. The relationship between acoustic signal typing and overall voice quality (as a continuous scale and as a four-point ordinal scale) was investigated and the proportion of inter-rater agreement as well as the reliability between the two measures is reported. The agreement between signal type (I-IV) and ordinal voice quality (four-point scale) was low but significant, and there was a significant linear relationship between the variables. Signal type correctly predicted less than half of the voice quality data. There was a significant main effect of signal type on continuous voice quality scores with significant differences in median quality scores between signal types I-IV, I-III, and I-II. Signal typing can be used as an adjunct to perceptual and acoustic evaluation of the same stimuli for TE speech as part of a multidimensional evaluation protocol. Signal typing in its current form provides limited predictive information on voice quality, and there is significant overlap between signal types II and III and perceptual categories. Future work should consider whether the current four signal types could be refined. Copyright © 2015 The Voice Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Relationship between quality of life instruments and phonatory function in tracheoesophageal speech with voice prosthesis.

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    Miyoshi, Masayuki; Fukuhara, Takahiro; Kataoka, Hideyuki; Hagino, Hiroshi

    2016-04-01

    The use of tracheoesophageal speech with voice prosthesis (T-E speech) after total laryngectomy has increased recently as a method of vocalization following laryngeal cancer. Previous research has not investigated the relationship between quality of life (QOL) and phonatory function in those using T-E speech. This study aimed to demonstrate the relationship between phonatory function and both comprehensive health-related QOL and QOL related to speech in people using T-E speech. The subjects of the study were 20 male patients using T-E speech after total laryngectomy. At a visit to our clinic, the subjects underwent a phonatory function test and completed three questionnaires: the MOS 8-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-8), the Voice Handicap Index-10 (VHI-10), and the Voice-Related Quality of Life (V-RQOL) Measure. A significant correlation was observed between the physical component summary (PCS), a summary score of SF-8, and VHI-10. Additionally, a significant correlation was observed between the SF-8 mental component summary (MCS) and both VHI-10 and VRQOL. Significant correlations were also observed between voice intensity in the phonatory function test and both VHI-10 and V-RQOL. Finally, voice intensity was significantly correlated with the SF-8 PCS. QOL questionnaires and phonatory function tests showed that, in people using T-E speech after total laryngectomy, voice intensity was correlated with comprehensive QOL, including physical and mental health. This finding suggests that voice intensity can be used as a performance index for speech rehabilitation.

  16. Voice quality and surgical detail in post-laryngectomy tracheoesophageal speakers.

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    Jacobi, I; Timmermans, A J; Hilgers, F J M; van den Brekel, M W M

    2016-09-01

    The objective of this study is to assess surgical parameters correlating with voice quality after total laryngectomy (TL) by relating voice and speech outcomes of TL speakers to surgical details. Seventy-six tracheoesophageal patients' voice recordings of running speech and sustained vowel were assessed in terms of voice characteristics. Measurements were related to data retrieved from surgical reports and patient records. In standard TL (sTL), harmonics-to-noise ratio was more favorable after primary TL + postoperative RT than after salvage TL. Pause/breathing time increased when RT preceded TL, after extensive base of tongue resection, and after neck dissections. Fundamental frequency (f0) measures were better after neurectomy. Females showed higher minimum f0 and higher second formants. While voice quality differed widely after sTL, gastric pull-ups and non-circumferential pharyngeal reconstructions using (myo-)cutaneous flaps scored worst in voice and speech measures and the two tubed free flaps best. Formant/resonance measures in/a/indicated differences in pharyngeal lumen properties and cranio-caudal place of the neoglottic bar between pharyngeal reconstructions, and indicate that narrower pharynges and/or more superiorly located neoglottic bars bring with them favorable voice quality. Ranges in functional outcome after TL in the present data, and the effects of treatment and surgical variables such as radiotherapy, neurectomy, neck dissection, and differences between partial or circumferential reconstructions on different aspects of voice and speech underline the importance of these variables for voice quality. Using running speech, next to sustained/a/, renders more reliable results. More balanced data, and better detail in surgical reporting will improve our knowledge on voice quality after TL.

  17. Recurrent periductal mastitis: Surgical treatment.

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    Taffurelli, Mario; Pellegrini, Alice; Santini, Donatella; Zanotti, Simone; Di Simone, Domenico; Serra, Margherita

    2016-12-01

    Recurrent periductal mastitis is a benign breast disorder that often features a mammary fistula that runs between periareolar skin and the ductal mammary system. Due to the high recurrence rate of this disease, its management is controversial. This study was designed to assess the efficacy of fistulectomy (Hadfield operation), particularly with regard to its long-term outcome. We reviewed all women with recurrent periductal mastitis who underwent the Hadfield operation in the Breast Center in S.Orsola-Malpighi Hospital (Bologna University) from 2005 to 2015. All but one of the patients were heavy smokers and presented with a recurrent periareolar abscess and a periareolar mammary fistula. Eighteen women underwent the Hadfield surgical treatment. Mean age at the time of presentation was 42 years; 17 of 18 women smoked >10 cigarettes/d. All patients had a breast ultrasonography or mammography. Half of the patients had undergone antibiotic therapy with one or more prior abscess drainages or another form of operative treatment. All patients who underwent operative treatment had no postoperative events and were satisfied with the cosmetic results. Squamous metaplasia was always present in the specimens. After a median follow-up of 36 months, 2 patients developed a recurrence after a few months; neither had stopped smoking. Based on our review of the literature and taking into account the results of this study, it seems clear that the best treatment involves a combined total excision of the affected duct and the fistulous tract. Due to the important role of smoking in this disease, it is important to encourage patients to stop smoking. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Vesicouterine fistulas following cesarean section: report on a case, review and update of the literature.

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    Porcaro, Antonio B; Zicari, Marianna; Zecchini Antoniolli, Stefano; Pianon, Romeo; Monaco, Carmelo; Migliorini, Filippo; Longo, Michele; Comunale, Luigi

    2002-01-01

    rate after repair is 31.25% with a rate of term deliveries of 25%. The disease may be prevented by emptying the bladder as well as by carefully dissecting the lower uterine segment. It is advisable that after vesicouterine fistula repair delivery should be performed by repeating a cesarean section since the risk of fistula recurrence. Usually, vesicouterine fistulas are diagnosed postoperatively. As a result, at least 95% of patients will undergo another operation for repairing the fistula. In the meantime they are bothered by related symptoms which impair their quality of life. As far as we are concerned intraoperative diagnosis is the gold standard in detecting vesicouterine fistulas for allowing immediate repair. We propose intraoperative sonography by the transvaginal (or transrectal) route for the Foley transurethral catheter producing bloody urine, for suspecting bladder injury while dissecting the uterine lower segment and for monitoring patients who already had had vesicouterine fistula repair. As a result patients will avoid the familial and social problems related to the disease as well another operation. Moreover, ultrasound Doppler examination may help in better investigating and understanding the pathophysiology of vesicouterine fistulas.

  19. Pancreaticopleural Fistula Causing Massive Right Hydrothorax and Respiratory Failure

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    Chan, Esther Ern-Hwei

    2016-01-01

    Hydrothorax secondary to a pancreaticopleural fistula (PPF) is a rare complication of acute pancreatitis. In patients with a history of pancreatitis, diagnosis is made by detection of amylase in the pleural exudate. Imaging, particularly magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography, aids in the detection of pancreatic ductal disruption. Management includes thoracocentesis and pancreatic duct drainage or pancreatic resection procedures. We present a case of massive right hydrothorax secondary to a PPF due to recurrent acute pancreatitis. Due to respiratory failure, urgent thoracocentesis was done. Distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy and cholecystectomy was performed. The patient remains well at one-year follow-up. PMID:27747128

  20. Urokinase treatment for arteriovenous fistulae declotting in dialyzed patients.

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    Mangiarotti, G; Canavese, C; Thea, A; Segoloni, G P; Stratta, P; Salomone, M; Vercellone, A

    1984-01-01

    Urokinase treatment, previously employed with success in the declotting of deep venous thrombosis and arteriovenous shunts in patients undergoing regular dialytic treatment (RDT), was used in 23 cases of arteriovenous fistula thrombotic occlusion in 18 RDT patients. The treatment was successful in 65.2% of the cases without any negative side effects, except 1 case which may have developed a pulmonary embolism. Patients with severe hypofibrinolysis may need larger doses or may have a recurrence of the thrombotic episode. All therapeutic failures correlated with the presence of fibrosis or sclerosis.

  1. Embolotherapy of an Arterioportal Fistula

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    Chen, Qi Tack, Carl; Morcos, Morcos; Ruggiero, Mary Ann; Schlossberg, Peter; Fogel, Joshua; Weng Lijun; Farkas, Jeffrey

    2007-09-15

    We present a complex case of a splanchnic arterioportal vein fistula in a patient who presented with weight loss, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and pancreatitis. We report successful use of the Guglielmi Detachable Coil (GDC) and N-butyl cyanoacrylate glue for the therapeutic embolization of the fistula between the superior mesenteric artery, the common hepatic artery, and the portal vein. On the day following the procedure, the patient reported total remission of the abdominal pain and diarrhea. These results were maintained at 3 months follow-up.

  2. Coring-out fistulectomy with a newly designed 'fistulectome' for complicated perianal fistulae: a retrospective clinical analysis.

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    Tasci, I; Erturk, S; Alver, O

    2013-07-01

    Conventional surgery for complex anal fistula (AF) is associated with continence disturbance and recurrence. In the hope of reducing these we developed a new mechanical device, the 'fistulectome', to excise the entire fistula tract. Between March 2001 and April 2011, 136 patients underwent surgery for a complex AF using the fistulectome. All fistulae were cryptoglandular in origin. Five patients were lost to follow up and were excluded from the analysis. Of the 131 fistulae, 76 were trans-sphincteric, 14 were suprasphincteric and 16 were extrasphincteric. Seven had a horseshoe extension and 18 were unclassified. Of the 131, 108 had recurred after conventional fistulotomy performed at another centre and 23 were primary. The mean duration of follow up was 34.6 months, the mean hospital stay was 5 days and the healing time was 14 days. Recurrence, flatus incontinence and soiling occurred in 17 (12.9%), four (3.5%) and two (1.52%) patients. The results of this series suggest that coring-out of a fistula using a fistulectome may be a valid treatment for complicated anal fistula. © 2013 The Authors Colorectal Disease © 2013 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  3. Experience with 32 Pelvic Fracture Urethral Defects Associated with Urethrorectal Fistulas: Transperineal Urethroplasty with Gracilis Muscle Interposition.

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    Guo, Hailin; Sa, Yinglong; Fu, Qiang; Jin, Chongrui; Wang, Lin

    2017-07-01

    Pelvic fracture urethral defects associated with urethrorectal fistulas are rare and difficult to repair. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of transperineal urethroplasty with gracilis muscle interposition for the repair of pelvic fracture urethral defects associated with urethrorectal fistulas. We identified 32 patients who underwent transperineal urethroplasty with gracilis muscle interposition to repair pelvic fracture urethral defects associated with urethrorectal fistulas. Patient demographics as well as preoperative, operative and postoperative data were obtained. Mean followup was 33 months (range 6 to 64). The overall success rate was 91% (29 of 32 cases). One-stage repair was successful in 17 of 18 patients (94%) using perineal anastomosis with separation of the corporeal body and in 12 of 14 (86%) using perineal anastomosis with inferior pubectomy and separation of the corporeal body. All 22 patients (100%) without a previous history of repair were successfully treated. However, only 7 of 10 patients (70%) with a previous history of failed urethroplasty and urethrorectal fistula repair were cured. Recurrent urethral strictures developed in 2 cases. One patient was treated successfully with optical internal urethrotomy and the other was treated successfully with tubed perineoscrotal flap urethroplasty. Recurrent urethrorectal fistulas associated with urethral strictures developed in an additional patient. Transperineal urethroplasty with gracilis muscle interposition is a safe and effective surgical procedure for most pelvic fracture urethral defects associated with urethrorectal fistulas. Several other factors may affect its postoperative efficiency. Copyright © 2017 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Long-term outcomes for women after obstetric fistula repair in Lilongwe, Malawi: a qualitative study.

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    Drew, Laura B; Wilkinson, Jeffrey P; Nundwe, William; Moyo, Margaret; Mataya, Ronald; Mwale, Mwawi; Tang, Jennifer H

    2016-01-05

    Obstetric fistula affects a woman's life physically, psychosocially, and economically. Although surgery can repair the physical damage of fistula, the devastating consequences that affect a woman's quality of life may persist when she reintegrates into her community. This qualitative study assessed long-term outcomes among women who underwent obstetric fistula repair in Malawi. We explored three domains: overall quality of life before and after repair, fertility and pregnancy outcomes after repair, and understanding of fistula. In-depth interviews were conducted in Chichewa with 20 women from seven districts across Central Malawi. All women were interviewed 1 to 2 years after surgical repair for obstetric fistula at the Fistula Care Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi. Interviews were independently coded and analyzed using content analysis. About half of women were married and nine of 20 women reported some degree of urinary incontinence. With the exception of relationship challenges, women's concerns before and after repair were different. Additionally, repair had resolved many of the concerns women had before repair. However, challenges, both directly and indirectly related to fistula, persisted. Improvements in quality of life at the individual level included feelings of freedom, confidence and personal growth, and improved income-earning ability. Interpersonal quality of life improvements included improved relationships with family and friends, reduced stigma, and increased participation with their communities. Nearly half of women desired future pregnancies, but many were uncertain about their ability to bear children and feared additional pregnancies could cause fistula recurrence. Most women were well informed about fistula development but myths about witchcraft and fear of delivery were present. Nearly all women would recommend fistula repair to other women, and many were advocates in their communities. Nearly all women believed their quality of life had improved

  5. [Renocutaneous fistula: report of a chronic inguinal fistula].

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    Colls, P; Guyon, P; Chiche, L; Houdelette, P

    2000-08-01

    The authors report a new case of isolated spontaneous nephrocutaneous fistula revealed by a persisting draining sinus in the left groin. Their present causative factors are identified. The computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging actually may resolve the diagnostic dilemma and are helpful in the surgical treatment.

  6. A Case of Colovesical Fistula Induced by Sigmoid Diverticulitis

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    Yang, Hwa-Yeon; Sun, Woo-Young; Lee, Taek-Gu

    2011-01-01

    Colonic diverticulosis has continuously increased, noticeably left-sided diseases, in Korea. A colovesical fistula is an uncommon complication of diverticulitis, and its most common cause is diverticular disease. Confirmation of its presence generally depends on clinical findings, such as pneumaturia and fecaluria. The primary aim of a diagnostic workup is not to observe the fistular tract itself but to find the etiology of the disease so that an appropriate therapy can be initiated. We present here the case of a 79-year-old man complaining of pneumaturia and fecaluria. On abdomen and pelvis CT, the patient was diagnosed as having a colovesical fistula due to sigmoid diverticulitis. After division of the adhesion between the sigmoid colon and the bladder, the defect of the bladder wall was repaired by simple closure. The colonic defect was treated with a segmental resection, including the rectosigmoid junction. The patient is doing well at 6 months after the operation and shows no evidence of recurrence of the fistula. PMID:21602969

  7. Postcatheterization Femoral Arteriovenous Fistulas: Endovascular Treatment with Stent-Grafts

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    Onal, Baran Kosar, Sule; Gumus, Terman; Ilgit, Erhan T.; Akpek, Sergin

    2004-09-15

    Purpose: To report our results of stent-graft implantation for the endovascular treatment of postcatheterization femoral arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) occurring between the deep femoral artery and the femoral vein.Methods: Endovascular treatment of iatrogenic femoral AVFs as a result of arterial puncture for coronary angiography and/or angioplasty was attempted in 10 cases. Balloon-expandable stent-grafts, one for each lesion, were used to repair the fistulas, which were between the deep femoral artery and the femoral vein in all cases. Stent-graft implantation to the deep femoral artery was performed by a contralateral retrograde approach.Results: All stent-grafts were deployed successfully. Complete closure of the fistulas was accomplished immediately in nine of 10 cases. In one case, complete closure could not be obtained but the fact that the complaint subsided was taken to indicate clinical success. In three cases, side branch occlusion of the deep femoral artery occurred. No complications were observed after implantation. Follow-up for 8-31 months (mean 18.5 months) with color Doppler ultrasonography revealed patency of the stented arterial segments without recurrent arteriovenous shunting in those nine patients who had successful immediate closure of their AVFs.Conclusion: Our results with a mean follow-up 18.5 months suggest that stent-graft implantation for the closure of postcatheterization femoral AVFs originating from the deep femoral artery is an effective, minimally invasive alternative procedure.

  8. New technique for the management of vesicorectal fistulas

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    Leifer, G.; Jacobs, W.H.

    1988-08-01

    We report a new technique for the management of the complications of vesicorectal fistulas. The patient we present had a fistula and severe skin excoriation. The fistula was caused by carcinoma of the prostate that had been treated by radiation therapy. The fistula was patched with a rectal prosthesis similar to that used to patch esophageal-tracheal and esophageal-bronchial fistulas.

  9. Length of follow-up after fistulotomy and fistulectomy associated with endorectal advancement flap repair for fistula in ano.

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    Ortiz, H; Marzo, M; de Miguel, M; Ciga, M A; Oteiza, F; Armendariz, P

    2008-04-01

    The length of follow-up required after surgical repair of cryptoglandular fistula in ano has not been established. This prospective study determined the follow-up time needed to establish that an anal fistula has been cured after elective fistulotomy or fistulectomy associated with endorectal advancement flap (ERAF) repair. Between January 2001 and June 2004, consecutive patients with anal fistula of cryptoglandular aetiology were included provided that they lived within the catchment area of the hospital and agreed to participate in a follow-up programme, which comprised scheduled visits every month until complete wound healing and annually thereafter. Some 206 of 219 eligible patients were evaluable; fistulotomy was performed in 115 and ERAF repair in 91. Median follow-up was 42 (range 24-65) months. Eighteen patients had recurrence of the fistula during follow-up, with a median time to relapse of 5.0 (range 1.0-11.7) months. There were no recurrences after 1 year. Recurrence of fistula in ano of cryptoglandular origin treated by means of fistulotomy or ERAF repair occurs within the first year of operation. 2007 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  10. [Gastrobronchial fistula post sleeve gastrectomy].

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    Barboza Besada, Eduardo; Barboza Beraún, Aurelio; Castillo-Ángeles, Manuel; Málaga, Germán; Tan Kuong, Jesús; Valdivia Retamozo, José; Portugal Vivanco, José; Contardo Zambrano, Manuel; Montes, Martín; Kaemena, María Luisa

    2013-01-01

    A 35 years old female with morbid obesity IMC 45 was referred because of a gastrobronchial fistula developed post sleeve gastrectomy initially treated with endoscopic techniques without improvement, reason why a total resection of the gastric remanent with a Roux en Y reconstruction was done as an option with successful result.

  11. [Treatment of carotid cavernous fistulas].

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    Solymosi, L

    2004-11-01

    The diagnosis and treatment of carotid cavernous fistulas (CCF) is an interdisciplinary challenge for both ophthalmologists and interventional neuroradiologists. According to the clinical signs and symptoms the tentative diagnosis is made by the ophthalmologist. It is the task of the neuroradiologist to ascertain this diagnosis by intra-arterial angiography. If a fistula is suspected this invasive diagnostic procedure is indispensable, not only to establish the diagnosis but also to classify those types of fistula with an unfavourable spontaneous course possibly resulting in intracranial haemorrhage. The indication for therapy is based on the clinical symptoms and the angiographic findings. In a number of cases no therapy is required. Since a fistula may change over time, these patients have to be under close ophthalmological surveillance. In many patients a conservative therapeutic approach with manual compression of the carotid artery is sufficient as a fIrst step. Invasive treatment is performed via the endovascular approach in almost all cases. Direct CCF are predominantly treated transarterially with detachable balloons and/or coils. Recently, intracranial stents have been used increasingly. The embolisation of indirect CCF is most effective using the transvenous access with coils. There are several approaches to the cavernous sinus. The interventional occlusion of CCF is nowadays a very effective treatment associated with a comparatively high cure rate and low incidence of complications. By close cooperation between ophthalmologists and neuroradiologists the patients can be protected against visual loss, the development of a secondary glaucoma, and, most importantly, against intracranial haemorrhage.

  12. Intestinal fistula after magnets ingestion

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    Macedo, Maurício; Velhote, Manoel Carlos Prieto; Maschietto, Rafael Forti; Waksman, Renata Dejtiar

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT Accidental ingestion of magnetic foreign bodies has become more common due to increased availability of objects and toys with magnetic elements. The majority of them traverse the gastrointestinal system spontaneously without complication. However, ingestion of multiple magnets may require surgical resolution. The case of an 18-month girl who developed an intestinal fistula after ingestion of two magnets is reported. PMID:23843068

  13. Coronary Arteriovenous Fistulae: A Review

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    Challoumas, Dimitris; Pericleous, Agamemnon; Dimitrakaki, Inetzi A.; Danelatos, Christos; Dimitrakakis, Georgios

    2014-01-01

    Coronary arteriovenous fistulae are a coronary anomaly, presenting in 0.002% of the general population. Their etiology can be congenital or acquired. We present a review of recent literature related to their epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic approach, and therapeutic management. PMID:24940026

  14. Malrotation-associated cholecystoduodenal fistula

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    Ozkan, Aybars; Ozaydin, Ismet; Kaya, Murat; Kucuk, Adem; Katranci, Ali Osman

    2014-01-01

    Patient: Female, 16 Final Diagnosis: Malrotation and cholecystoduodenal fistula Symptoms: Abdominal pain • anorexia • fever • nausea • vomiting Medication: — Clinical Procedure: — Specialty: Gastroenterology and Hepatology Objective: Anatomical anomaly/variation Background: Cholecystoduodenal fistula (CDF) is the most common cholecystenteric fistula. It is a late complication of gallbladder disease with calculus and is mainly encountered in the elderly and females. Case Report: We report the case of a teenage patient with cholecystoduodenal fistula and malrotation. Direct plain abdominal x-ray demonstrated air in the biliary system. Computed tomography revealed CDF-associated with an anomaly of intestinal malrotation. She had gallstones (with a few stones in the gallbladder) and cholecystitis. CDF is caused by malrotation, and cholecystitis has not been reported before. In this regard our patient is the first and youngest reported case. Conclusions: We suggest that CDF is probably a consequence of malrotation. The patient’s clinical features and operative management are presented and discussed with current literature. PMID:24454977

  15. Bronchobiliary Fistula Treated by Self-expanding ePTFE-Covered Nitinol Stent-Graft

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    Gandini, Roberto; Konda, Daniel Tisone, Giuseppe; Pipitone, Vincenzo; Anselmo, Alessandro; Simonetti, Giovanni

    2005-12-15

    A 71-year-old man, who had undergone right hepatectomy extended to the caudate lobe with terminolateral Roux-en-Y left hepatojejunostomy for a Klatskin tumor, developed bilioptysis 3 weeks postoperatively due to bronchobiliary fistula. Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography revealed a non-dilated biliary system with contrast medium extravasation to the right subphrenic space through a resected anomalous right posterior segmental duct. After initial unsuccessful internal-external biliary drainage, the fistula was sealed with a VIATORR covered self-expanding nitinol stent-graft placed with its distal uncovered region in the hepatojejunal anastomosis and the proximal ePTFE-lined region in the left hepatic duct. A 10-month follow-up revealed no recurrence of bilioptysis and confirmed the complete exclusion of the bronchobiliary fistula.

  16. [An Adult Case of Transperineal Repair of Congenital Rectourethral Fistula Using Gracilis Muscle Flap Interposition].

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    Yo, Toeki; Kanematsu, Akihiro; Hanasaki, Takeshi; Nakanishi, Yukako; Togo, Yoshikazu; Suzuki, Toru; Higuchi, Yoshihide; Nojima, Michio; Yamamoto, Shingo; Okuyama, Hiroomi

    2015-07-01

    A man in his 50s was referred to our hospital after recurrent severe urinary tract infection. He had undergone anoplasty for anorectal malformation during early infancy. He noticed urinary leakage from the anus for a long time. Under diagnosis of congenital rectourethral fistula, we performed fistula closure. The fistula was transsected via transperineal incision and each stump was closed. A gracilis muscle flap approximately 30 cm long was harvested from the left thigh, brought into the deepest part between the separated rectum and urethra through a subcutaneous tunnel and fixed there. The urinary leakage from the anus disappeared, and the infection resolved. Application of gracilis muscle flap for congenital diseases is rare, but was useful in the present case.

  17. Endoscopic electrocauterization for congenital pyriform sinus fistula treatment in paediatrics. Case series.

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    Cuestas, Giselle; Doormann, Flavia; Rodríguez, Verónica; Bellia Munzón, Patricio; Bellia Munzón, Gastón

    2016-12-14

    Pyriform sinus fistulas are rare anomalies of the branchial arches. Most of them are located on the left side. They extend from the apex of the pyriform sinus of the hypopharynx to the thyroid gland or adjacent tissues. The diagnosis is suspected in the presence of acute suppurative thyroiditis or recurrent cervical abscesses, and is confirmed by endoscopic visualization of the fistula hole. The traditional treatment consists of excision of the fistulous tract, with or without thyroid lobectomy, by cervical approach. However, less invasive alternatives that obliterate the path of the fistula have been developed, such as endoscopic electrocautery. We describe our experience with 7 patients with this condition, who were treated with endoscopic cauterization using radiofrequency electrocautery, and we evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the treatment performed.

  18. Resolution of Trigeminal Neuralgia After Transvenous Embolization of a Cavernous Sinus Dural Arteriovenous Fistula.

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    Fukutome, Kenji; Nakagawa, Ichiro; Park, Hun Soo; Wada, Takeshi; Motoyama, Yasushi; Kichikawa, Kimihiko; Nakase, Hiroyuki

    2017-02-01

    Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) resulting from a dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) are rare. A case of cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistula (CSDAVF) in a patient with TN that resolved immediately after transvenous embolization (TVE) is described. A 75-year-old woman presented with continuous facial pain. On time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), a CSDAVF was suspected, and digital subtraction angiography (DSA) showed a CSDAVF. The TN completely resolved immediately after TVE, with no recurrence. Follow-up MRA showed complete obliteration of the fistula 13 months after TVE. The pulsatile flow at the posteromedial part of the cavernous sinus might have compressed the upper aspect of the Gasserian ganglion, causing TN. Disappearance of pulsatile flow after TVE might result in complete resolution of TN. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. A new approach for treatment of gastro-gastric fistula after gastric bypass.

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    Torres-Villalobos, Gonzalo; Leslie, Daniel; Kellogg, Todd; Andrade, Rafael; Maddaus, Michael; Hunter, David; Ikramuddin, Sayeed

    2007-02-01

    We report a novel technique for gastro-gastric fistula (GGF) repair. A 44-year-old woman was found to have a fistula between her gastric pouch and bypassed stomach 18 years after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) for morbid obesity. She underwent an attempted open surgical repair, which was complicated by postoperative abdominal sepsis. An upper gastrointestinal series, abdominal CT scan and upper endoscopy confirmed the diagnosis of failed surgery with recurrent GGF. Under endoscopic and fluoroscopic guidance, two ports were inserted percutaneously into the stomach. The fistula was closed with a percutaneous, transgastric, totally extraperitoneal approach. She remains well 7 months after this intervention. This procedure appears to be a safe and effective minimally invasive approach for closure of GGF after RYGBP. This is the first description of an intragastric, percutaneous closure of a GGF after RYGBP in the medical literature. Further experience with this technique is needed to define the selection criteria, limitations, advantages, and disadvantages.

  20. Preoperative Venous Intimal Hyperplasia, Postoperative Arteriovenous Fistula Stenosis, and Clinical Fistula Outcomes

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    Robbin, Michelle L.; Young, Carlton J.; Deierhoi, Mark H.; Goodman, Jeremy; Hanaway, Michael; Lockhart, Mark E.; Litovsky, Silvio

    2013-01-01

    Summary Background and objectives Arteriovenous fistulas often fail to mature, and nonmaturation has been attributed to postoperative stenosis caused by aggressive neointimal hyperplasia. Preexisting intimal hyperplasia in the native veins of uremic patients may predispose to postoperative arteriovenous fistula stenosis and arteriovenous fistula nonmaturation. Design, setting, participants, & measurements This work explored the relationship between preexisting venous intimal hyperplasia, postoperative arteriovenous fistula stenosis, and clinical arteriovenous fistula outcomes in 145 patients. Venous specimens obtained during arteriovenous fistula creation were quantified for maximal intimal thickness (median thickness=22.3 μm). Postoperative ultrasounds at 4–6 weeks were evaluated for arteriovenous fistula stenosis. Arteriovenous fistula maturation within 6 months of creation was determined clinically. Results Postoperative arteriovenous fistula stenosis was equally frequent in patients with preexisting venous intimal hyperplasia (thickness>22.3 μm) and patients without hyperplasia (46% versus 53%; P=0.49). Arteriovenous fistula nonmaturation occurred in 30% of patients with postoperative stenosis versus 7% of those patients without stenosis (hazard ratio, 4.33; 95% confidence interval, 1.55 to 12.06; P=0.001). The annual frequency of interventions to maintain arteriovenous fistula patency for dialysis after maturation was higher in patients with postoperative stenosis than patients without stenosis (0.83 [95% confidence interval, 0.58 to 1.14] versus 0.42 [95% confidence interval, 0.28 to 0.62]; P=0.008). Conclusions Preexisting venous intimal hyperplasia does not predispose to postoperative arteriovenous fistula stenosis. Postoperative arteriovenous fistula stenosis is associated with a higher arteriovenous fistula nonmaturation rate. Arteriovenous fistulas with hemodynamically significant stenosis frequently mature without an intervention. Postoperative

  1. Similar outcomes for anti-tumor necrosis factor-α antibody and immunosuppressant following seton drainage in patients with Crohn's disease-related anal fistula.

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    Lin, Xutao; Fan, Dejun; Cai, Zerong; Lian, Lei; He, Xiaowen; Zhi, Min; Wu, Xiaojian; He, Xiaosheng; Lan, Ping

    2016-09-01

    Anal fistula is common in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and leads to significant morbidity. The efficacy of seton drainage combined with anti-tumor necrosis factor-α monoclonal antibody (anti-TNF-α) or immunosuppressant in the treatment of CD-related anal fistula remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to compare the efficacy between seton drainage combined with anti-TNF-α and seton drainage combined with immunosuppressant postoperatively on the treatment of CD-related anal fistula. A total of 65 patients with CD-related anal fistula who had received seton drainage combined with postoperative medication were divided into an antibiotics only group, anti-TNF-α group and immunosuppressant group; all patients were treated with antibiotics. Fistula closure, external orifice exudation rate and recurrence rate were assessed among these patients. The duration of follow-up ranged from 3 to 84 months with an average of 25.3 months. There were 11 (16.9%) cases of recurrence after seton drainage, 9 of which underwent a second seton drainage. In the total study group, 34 (52.3%) cases achieved complete fistula closure, and 10 (15.4%) cases showed external orifice exudation. No significant difference was found among these three groups, regarding fistula closure rate, closure time of fistula and recurrence rate. The external orifice exudation rate was significantly higher in the anti-TNF-α group compared with the antibiotics only group and immunosuppressant group (P=0.004 and P=0.026, respectively). Seton drainage is an effective treatment for CD-related anal fistula. The efficacy is similar whether combined with anti-TNF-α or immunosuppressant.

  2. Similar outcomes for anti-tumor necrosis factor-α antibody and immunosuppressant following seton drainage in patients with Crohn's disease-related anal fistula

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    Lin, Xutao; Fan, Dejun; Cai, Zerong; Lian, Lei; He, Xiaowen; Zhi, Min; Wu, Xiaojian; He, Xiaosheng; Lan, Ping

    2016-01-01

    Anal fistula is common in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and leads to significant morbidity. The efficacy of seton drainage combined with anti-tumor necrosis factor-α monoclonal antibody (anti-TNF-α) or immunosuppressant in the treatment of CD-related anal fistula remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to compare the efficacy between seton drainage combined with anti-TNF-α and seton drainage combined with immunosuppressant postoperatively on the treatment of CD-related anal fistula. A total of 65 patients with CD-related anal fistula who had received seton drainage combined with postoperative medication were divided into an antibiotics only group, anti-TNF-α group and immunosuppressant group; all patients were treated with antibiotics. Fistula closure, external orifice exudation rate and recurrence rate were assessed among these patients. The duration of follow-up ranged from 3 to 84 months with an average of 25.3 months. There were 11 (16.9%) cases of recurrence after seton drainage, 9 of which underwent a second seton drainage. In the total study group, 34 (52.3%) cases achieved complete fistula closure, and 10 (15.4%) cases showed external orifice exudation. No significant difference was found among these three groups, regarding fistula closure rate, closure time of fistula and recurrence rate. The external orifice exudation rate was significantly higher in the anti-TNF-α group compared with the antibiotics only group and immunosuppressant group (P=0.004 and P=0.026, respectively). Seton drainage is an effective treatment for CD-related anal fistula. The efficacy is similar whether combined with anti-TNF-α or immunosuppressant. PMID:27588113

  3. Rectourethral Fistula: Systemic Review of and Experiences With Various Surgical Treatment Methods

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    Choi, Ji Hye; Jeon, Byeong Geon; Choi, Sang-Gi; Han, Eon Chul; Ha, Heon-Kyun; Oh, Heung-Kwon; Choe, Eun Kyung; Moon, Sang Hui; Ryoo, Seung-Bum

    2014-01-01

    Purpose A rectourethral fistula (RUF) is an uncommon complication resulting from surgery, radiation or trauma. Although various surgical procedures for the treatment of an RUF have been described, none has gained acceptance as the procedure of choice. The aim of this study was to review our experience with surgical management of RUF. Methods The outcomes of 6 male patients (mean age, 51 years) with an RUF who were operated on by a single surgeon between May 2005 and July 2012 were assessed. Results The causes of the RUF were iatrogenic in four cases (two after radiation therapy for rectal cancer, one after brachytherapy for prostate cancer, and one after surgery for a bladder stone) and traumatic in two cases. Fecal diversion was the initial treatment in five patients. In one patient, fecal diversion was performed simultaneously with definitive repair. Four patients underwent staged repair after a mean of 12 months. Rectal advancement flaps were done for simple, small fistula (n = 2), and flap interpositions (gracilis muscle flap, n = 2; omental flap, n = 1) were done for complex or recurrent fistulae. Urinary strictures and incontinence were observed in patients after gracilis muscle flap interposition, but they were resolved with simple treatments. The mean follow-up period was 28 months, and closure of the fistula was achieved in all five patients (100%) who underwent definitive repairs. The fistula persisted in one patient who refused further definitive surgery after receiving only a fecal diversion. Conclusion Depending on the severity and the recurrence status of RUF, a relatively simple rectal advancement flap repair or a more complex gracilis muscle or omental flap interposition can be used to achieve closure of the fistula. PMID:24639969

  4. Pregnancy and childbirth after repair of obstetric fistula in sub-Saharan Africa: Scoping Review.

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    Delamou, Alexandre; Utz, Bettina; Delvaux, Therese; Beavogui, Abdoul Habib; Shahabuddin, Asm; Koivogui, Akoi; Levêque, Alain; Zhang, Wei-Hong; De Brouwere, Vincent

    2016-11-01

    To synthesise the evidence on pregnancy and childbirth after repair of obstetric fistula in sub-Saharan Africa and to identify the existing knowledge gaps. A scoping review of studies reporting on pregnancy and childbirth in women who underwent repair for obstetric fistula in sub-Saharan Africa was conducted. We searched relevant articles published between 1 January 1970 and 31 March 2016, without methodological or language restrictions, in electronic databases, general Internet sources and grey literature. A total of 16 studies were included in the narrative synthesis. The findings indicate that many women in sub-Saharan Africa still desire to become pregnant after the repair of their obstetric fistula. The overall proportion of pregnancies after repair estimated in 11 studies was 17.4% (ranging from 2.5% to 40%). Among the 459 deliveries for which the mode of delivery was reported, 208 women (45.3%) delivered by elective caesarean section (CS), 176 women (38.4%) by emergency CS and 75 women (16.3%) by vaginal delivery. Recurrence of fistula was a common maternal complication in included studies while abortions/miscarriage, stillbirths and neonatal deaths were frequent foetal consequences. Vaginal delivery and emergency C-section were associated with increased risk of stillbirth, recurrence of the fistula or even maternal death. Women who get pregnant after repair of obstetric fistula carry a high risk for pregnancy complications. However, the current evidence does not provide precise estimates of the incidence of pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes post-repair. Therefore, studies clearly assessing these outcomes with the appropriate study designs are needed. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  5. Spontaneous scalp arteriovenous fistula in a child with hartnup disease.

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    Kim, Doris Maria; Benndorf, Goetz; Von Moers, Arpad; Campi, Adriana; Lehmann, Thomas-Nicolas

    2004-06-01

    To report the endovascular treatment of a spontaneous scalp arteriovenous fistula (AVF) in a child with Hartnup disease. A 6-year-old girl with Hartnup disease presented with recurrent attacks of intense, migraine-like, right-sided headache; a tender, pulsatile small mass was observed in the scalp. Selective digital subtraction angiography revealed a high-flow scalp AVF fed by the frontal branch of the right superficial temporal artery draining via the scalp veins. Endovascular treatment was performed by direct puncture of the distal feeding artery and injection of 2 mL of a 50% mixture of N-butyl-cyanoacrylate and Lipiodol. Serial arteriograms performed 6 months and 2 years later documented complete resolution of the lesion. The patient has had no recurrence of clinical symptoms or local signs for recanalization. Scalp AVFs may progress in size, causing significantly disabling symptoms, particularly in children. We recommend endovascular treatment at the earliest possible stage.

  6. The results of seton drainage combined with anti-TNFα therapy for anal fistula in Crohn's disease.

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    Haennig, A; Staumont, G; Lepage, B; Faure, P; Alric, L; Buscail, L; Bournet, B; Moreau, J

    2015-04-01

    Combined infliximab and sphincter-sparing surgery can be effective in perianal fistula associated with Crohn's disease (CD). This study aimed to assess the efficacy of local surgery combined with infliximab on sustained fistula closure and to identify predictive factors for response after this combined treatment. Between 2000 and 2010, 81 patients with fistulising perianal CD were included in this observational study. Drainage with a loose seton was followed by infliximab therapy. The primary end-points were the rate of complete fistula closure and time required for this to occur. The fistula was complex in 71 (88%) of the 81 patients. Local proctological surgery was carried out in 77 (95%), including seton drainage in 62 (80.5%) of these. This was continued for a median duration of 3.8 months and the patient then received infliximab therapy. The median follow-up after treatment was 64 months (2-263). Initial complete closure of the fistula occurred in 71 (88%) cases at a median interval of 12.4 months (1-147) from the start of treatment. Recurrence was observed in 29 (41%) patients at a median interval of 38.5 months (2-48) from the start of treatment. They were treated again with combined treatment with successful closure in 19 (65.5%) patients. The total rate of closure of the fistula was 75.3%. Female gender, anal stenosis, rectovaginal and complex fistula formation were factors independently associated with failure of combined treatment. Seton drainage for several months combined with infliximab therapy is effective in closing the fistula in 75% of patients with complex perianal fistula formation associated with CD. Colorectal Disease © 2014 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  7. CT vaginography: a new CT technique for imaging of upper and middle vaginal fistulas.

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    Botsikas, Diomidis; Pluchino, Nicola; Kalovidouri, Anastasia; Platon, Alexandra; Montet, Xavier; Dallenbach, Patrick; Poletti, Pierre-Alexandre

    2017-05-01

    Different types of vaginal fistulas is a relatively uncommon condition in the Western world but very frequent in developing countries. In the past, conventional vaginography was the radiological examination of choice for exploring this condition. CT and MRI are now both used for this purpose. Our objective was to test the feasibility and to explore the potential role of a new CT imaging technique implementing vaginal introitus obstruction and opacification of the vagina with iodine contrast agent, to show patency of a fistula. We describe the technical protocol of CT-vaginography as performed in Geneva University Hospitals, including vaginal catheterization with a Foley catheter and obstruction of the introitus by inflating the balloon of the catheter. We also report three cases of patients with suspected vaginal fistula who underwent CT-vaginography. The examinations were technically successful. In one patient, it revealed the presence of fistulous pathways from the vaginal fornix along the bilateral infected surgical prostheses. In a second patient, it showed a fistula between the vagina and the necrotic cavity of a recurrent cervical cancer. In a third patient, it proved the absence of a suspected vaginal fistula. CT-vaginography is a technically feasible CT protocol that provides anatomical and functional information on clinically suspected vaginal fistulas. Advances in knowledge: After the abandon of conventional vaginography in the era of transaxial imaging, the current modalities of imaging vaginal fistulas provide excellent anatomical detail but less functional information concerning the permeability of a vaginal fistulous pathway. We propose the use of CT-vaginography, a technical protocol that we describe in detail.

  8. Transanal opening of intersphincteric space (TROPIS) - A new procedure to treat high complex anal fistula.

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    Garg, Pankaj

    2017-04-01

    The sepsis in intersphincteric space has important role in pathogenesis of most complex fistula-in-ano. This sepsis is like a small abscess in a closed space. This closed space needs to be drained adequately and then kept open for the fistula-in-ano to heal properly. The aim was to lay open and drain the intersphincteric space through internal opening via transanal approach. This has been tried in submucosal and intersphincteric rectal abscesses but has never been tried in complex fistula-in-ano. All consecutive patients of complex high (involving >1/3 of sphincter complex) fistula-in-ano who were operated were included in the prospective cohort study. Preoperative MRI scan was done in all the patients. Transanal laying open of the intersphincteric space (TROPIS) was done through the internal opening. The external sphincter was not cut. The tracts in the ischiorectal fossa were curetted and cleaned. The incontinence scores were measured. 61 patients with high complex fistula-in-ano were included (follow-up:6-21 months). Male/Female:59/2, age-42.3 ± 9.5 years. 85.2% (52) were recurrent, 83.6% (51) had multiple tracts, 36.1% (22) had horseshoe tract, 34.4% (21) had supralevator extension and 26.2% (16) had associated abscess. 95.1% (58) were posterior fistula out of which 90.2% (55) were in posterior midline. Nine patients were excluded (due to tuberculosis, lost to follow-up). Fistula healed completely in 84.6% (44/52) and didn't heal in 15.4% (9/52). 4/9 of these were reoperated and fistula healed in three patients. Thus overall healing rate was 90.4% (47/52). There was no significant change in incontinence scores. TROPIS is a simple effective sphincter sparing procedure to treat high complex fistula-in-ano including supralevator and horseshoe fistula. Copyright © 2017 IJS Publishing Group Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Embedding fistulojejunostomy: An easy and secure technique for refractory external pancreatic fistula.

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    Luo, Shao-Ciao; Cheng, Shao-Bin; Wu, Cheng-Chung; Huang, Chu-Chun; Lin, Yi-Ling; P'eng, Fang-Ku

    2016-11-02

    Refractory external pancreatic fistula (REPF) is a rare but troublesome event. Fistulojejunostomy with direct suture of the fistula wall to jejunal wall has been demonstrated as a solution. However, it is sometimes technically difficult and some cases of failure were reported. An embedding fistulojejunostomy (EFJ) was designed. The fistula tract was detached from the abdominal wall and impactedly inserted into a Roux-en-Y jejunal lumen without direct suture of the fistula wall to the jejunal wall. Five patients with REPF for > 3 months underwent this procedure in the past 10 years. The preoperatively-placed drainage tubes temporarily exteriorized the pancreatic fluid for 30 days. All fistulojejunostomy procedures were accomplished within 15 minutes. Four patients had uneventful recovery with a postoperative hospital stay ≤ 10 days. One patient had wound infection and needed hospitalization for 23 days. Except for one patient who required pancreatic enzyme supplements for 8 months, no other patient had pancreatic exocrine insufficiency. After follow up for 12-124 months, no patient required pancreatic enzyme supplements, and no patient had recurrent fistula or diabetes mellitus. EFJ makes fistulojejunostomy easier and more secure with a satisfactory early and long-term outcome. It may be a desirable technique for REPF. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Taiwan.

  10. Anatomically Based Approach for Endovascular Treatment of Vertebro-Vertebral Arteriovenous Fistula

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    Yeh, Chih-Hua; Chen, Yao-Liang; Wu, Yi-Ming; Huang, Yu-Chieh; Wong, Ho-Fai

    2014-01-01

    Summary Vertebro-vertebral arteriovenous fistula (VV-AVF) is a rare vascular disorder with an abnormal high-flow shunt between the extracranial vertebral artery (VA), its muscular or radicular branches and an adjacent vein. To date, there are no guidelines on the best treatment for VV-AVF. We present our experience of VV-AVF treatment with covered stents in three patients and detachable coils in two patients. One patient with fistula at the V3 segment had rapid fistula recurrence one week after covered stent treatment. The possible causes of failed treatment in this patient are discussed. The currently available treatment modalities for VV-AVF are also summarized after a literature review. At the end of this article, we propose a new concept of anatomically based approach for endovascular treatment of VV-AVF. Fistula in the V1-2 segments of vertebral artery could be treated safely and effectively by covered stent with the benefit of preserving VA patency. Embolization with variable embolizers should be considered first for fistula in the V3 segment because of the tortuous course and flexibility of the VA in this segment. PMID:25496689

  11. Spontaneous Nephrocutaneous Fistula With Tuberculous Autonephrectomy: A Case Report of a Delayed Diagnosis

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    Akand, Murat; Kilic, Ozcan; Kucur, Mustafa; Kaynar, Mehmet; Goktas, Serdar

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Spontaneous nephrocutaneous fistula is a rare manifestation of renal disease that can occur due to various etiologies, such as renal calculus, chronic pyelonephritis, stricture of the ureteropelvic junction, and renal tuberculosis (TB). An autonephrectomy with a nephrocutaneous fistula due to renal tuberculosis can be diagnosed quite late if it is not suspected. Case Presentation: We report a case of a spontaneous nephrocutaneous fistula with tuberculous autonephrectomy. A 40-year-old white male with recurrent flank pain and intermittent purulent drainage from his right flank region for the previous 14 years was admitted to our outpatient clinic. Fistulography and computerized tomography demonstrated a 51 × 60 mm area with a soft-tissue appearance that implied autonephrectomy of the right kidney, and a fistula tract with a 9 mm diameter between the skin and the retroperitoneal space. The patient was successfully treated with nephroureterectomy and excision of the fistulous tract, followed by antituberculous treatment. The pathological examination of the surgical specimen revealed chronic atrophic pyelonephritis, calcifications, and necrotizing granulomatous inflammation suggestive of TB. Conclusions: Urogenital TB is difficult to diagnose due to the lack of specific symptoms and signs. In the case of a nonfunctioning kidney without an obvious cause and a chronic spontaneous nephrocutaneous fistula, the possibility of associated renal TB should be kept in mind, especially in immunocompromised patients or in places where TB is a common health problem. PMID:27621917

  12. [Ureterovaginal fistulas. A report of 17 cases].

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    Bennani, S; Joual, A; El Mrini, M; Benjelloun, S

    1996-01-01

    Our purpose was to study aetiopathogenic, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of ureterovaginal fistulas. A retrospective study concerned 17 ureterovaginal fistulas in 16 patients. The main causes were gyneacological and obstetrical procedures. The diagnosis was based on clinical considerations and intravenous pyelography in all cases. Three vesicovaginal fistulas were associated with iatrogenic ureteral lesions. Various therapeutic methods were used: psoas-bladder hitch procedure (11 cases) and Boari-Küss flap (4 cases). In two patients, fistulae healed by drainage after ureterolysis. Late radiology showed success of the procedure in 14 patients and persistance of ureteral dilatation in 2 cases treated by Boari-Küss procedure. Ureterovaginal fistulae are a relatively frequent complication of pelvic surgery. Psoas-bladder hitch is the procedure of choice in such fistulae cure and prevention is the most efficient treatment.

  13. Postoperative small bowel fistula: back to basics.

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    Bissett, I P

    2000-07-01

    Twenty-one patients presenting between January 1992 and January 1998 with postoperative small bowel fistula were reviewed and their management and outcome were recorded. There were six jejunal and 15 ileal fistulae. Seven fistulae were low output and 14 high output. The management principles included: (i) initial resuscitation and skin care; (ii) early surgery for sepsis, or for a high-output fistula which showed no signs of decrease by 10 days, or total wound breakdown. Surgery involved, where possible, fistula resection with double enterostomy, a feeding gastrostomy and abdominal drainage; and (iii) enteral feeding with refeeding of enterostomy output into the distal stoma if required to correct fluid and electrolyte imbalance and malnutrition. Five patients died and in the other 16 their fistulae closed and they are alive and well.

  14. Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS) to Treat Vesicorectal Fistula: A New Approach

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    Tobias-Machado, Marcos; Mattos, Pablo Aloisio Lima; Reis, Leonardo Oliveira; Juliano, César Augusto Braz; Pompeo, Antonio Carlos Lima

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Purpose: Vesicorectal fistula is one of the most devastating postoperative complications after radical prostatectomy. Definitive treatment is difficult due to morbidity and recurrence. Despite many options, there is not an unanimous accepted approach. This article aimed to report a new minimally invasive approach as an option to reconstructive surgery. Materials and Methods: We report on Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS) with miniLap devices for instrumentation in a 65 year old patient presenting with vesicorectal fistula after radical prostatectomy. We used Alexis® device for transanal access and 3, 5 and 11 mm triangulated ports for the procedure. The surgical steps were as follows: cystoscopy and implant of guide wire through fistula; patient at jack-knife position; transanal access; Identification of the fistula; dissection; vesical wall closure; injection of fibrin glue in defect; rectal wall closure. Results: The operative time was 240 minutes, with 120 minutes for reconstruction. No perioperative complications or conversion were observed. Hospital stay was two days and catheters were removed at four weeks. No recurrence was observed. Conclusions: This approach has low morbidity and is feasible. The main difficulties consisted in maintaining luminal dilation, instrumental manipulation and suturing. PMID:26689530

  15. What role do bacteria play in persisting fistula formation in idiopathic and Crohn's anal fistula?

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    Tozer, P J; Rayment, N; Hart, A L; Daulatzai, N; Murugananthan, A U; Whelan, K; Phillips, R K S

    2015-03-01

    The aetiology of Crohn's disease-related anal fistula remains obscure. Microbiological, genetic and immunological factors are thought to play a role but are not well understood. The microbiota within anal fistula tracts has never been examined using molecular techniques. The present study aimed to characterize the microbiota in the tracts of patients with Crohn's and idiopathic anal fistula. Samples from the fistula tract and rectum of patients with Crohn's and idiopathic anal fistula were analysed using fluorescent in situ hybridization, Gram staining and scanning electron microscopy were performed to identify and quantify the bacteria present. Fifty-one patients, including 20 with Crohn's anal fistula, 18 with idiopathic anal fistula and 13 with luminal Crohn's disease and no anal fistula, were recruited. Bacteria were not found in close association with the luminal surface of any of the anal fistula tracts. Anal fistula tracts generally do not harbour high levels of mucosa-associated microbiota. Crohn's anal fistulas do not seem to harbour specific bacteria. Alternative explanations for the persistence of anal fistula are needed. Colorectal Disease © 2014 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  16. Long-term outcome of the anal fistula plug for anal fistula of cryptoglandular origin.

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    Tan, K-K; Kaur, G; Byrne, C M; Young, C J; Wright, C; Solomon, M J

    2013-12-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the long-term outcome of the anal fistula plug in the treatment of anal fistula of cryptoglandular origin. A review of all patients who had at least one anal fistula plug inserted from March 2007 to August 2008 was performed. Only anal fistulae of cryptoglandular origin were included. Success was defined as the closure of the external opening with no further purulent discharge or collection. Thirty anal fistula plugs were inserted in 26 patients [median age 40 (26-70) years]. Twenty-six of the fistulae were transsphincteric and three were suprasphincteric. One patient had a high intersphincteric fistula, which was the only fistula that did not have a seton inserted. The median duration between seton insertion and the plug procedure was 12 (4-28) weeks. The median length of the fistula tract was 3 (1-7.5) cm. After a median follow-up of 59 (13-97) weeks, 26 (86.7%) fistulae recurred. Of the 26 failures, the median time to failure was 8 (2-54) weeks. Subsequent surgical interventions were performed in 20 of the failures. The role of the fistula plug in the management of anal fistula of cryptoglandular origin remains debatable and warrants further evaluation. © 2013 The Authors. Colorectal Disease © 2013 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  17. Obstetric fistula: what about gender power?

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    Roush, Karen; Kurth, Ann; Hutchinson, M Katherine; Van Devanter, Nancy

    2012-01-01

    Despite over 40 years of research there has been little progress in the prevention of obstetric fistula and women continue to suffer in unacceptable numbers. Gender power imbalance has consistently been shown to have serious implications for women's reproductive health and is known to persist in regions where obstetric fistula occurs. Yet, there is limited research about the role gender power imbalance plays in childbirth practices that put women at risk for obstetric fistula. This information is vital for developing effective maternal health interventions in regions affected by obstetric fistula.

  18. Pancreaticoatmospheric fistula following severe acute necrotising pancreatitis

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    Simoneau, Eve; Chughtai, Talat; Razek, Tarek; Deckelbaum, Dan L

    2014-01-01

    Severe acute necrotising pancreatitis is associated with numerous local and systemic complications. Abdominal compartment syndrome requiring urgent decompressive laparotomy is a potential complication of this disease process and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. We describe the case of a pancreaticoatmospheric fistula following decompressive laparotomy in a patient with severe acute necrotising pancreatitis. While this fistula was managed successfully using the current standard of care for pancreatic fistulas, the wound care for in this patient with drainage of the fistula through an open abdomen, is a significant challenge. PMID:25519860

  19. [Spontaneous nephro-cutaneous fistula].

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    Bruni, R; Bartolucci, R; Biancari, F; Santoro, M

    1995-04-01

    The authors report a rare case of spontaneous nephrocutaneous fistula. The patient was asymptomatic and with a negative history for renal lithiasis, inflammation, trauma or tuberculosis. Radiological and echographical examinations permitted a complete study of the fistulous tract and the renal function; the staghorn calculi and pyelonephritis guided the decision to operate on the patient performing a nephrectomy and ureterectomy with a quick complete recovery. Biological test for micobacterium tuberculosis resulted positive after 60 days.

  20. Tracheostomaplasty: A surgical method for improving retention of an intraluminal stoma button for hands-free tracheoesophageal speech.

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    Moreno, Mauricio A; Lewin, Jan S; Hutcheson, Katherine A; Bishop Leone, Julie K; Barringer, Denise A; Reece, Gregory P

    2010-12-01

    We describe a minimally invasive surgical technique, tracheostomaplasty, to overcome anatomical deformities of the stoma that preclude successful retention of a stoma button for hands free tracheoesophageal (TE) speech. We conducted a retrospective analysis of 21 patients who underwent tracheostomaplasty after laryngectomy to accommodate an intraluminal valve attachment for hands-free TE speech. Sixteen men and 5 women (median age, 65 years; median follow-up, 27.7 months) underwent tracheostomaplasty; 6 patients developed a mild cellulitis that required therapy and 5 patients required a minor revision surgery. At last follow-up, 15 (71%) patients successfully achieved hands-free TE speech using an intraluminal stoma button. Three patients only retained the intraluminal device to facilitate digital occlusion. Tracheostomaplasty failed in 3 patients because of granulation tissue formation or stomal stenosis. Tracheostomaplasty is a successful technique to improve intraluminal retention of a stoma button for hands-free TE speech in laryngectomy patients.

  1. Single-layer Closure with Tongue Flap for Palatal Fistula in Cleft Palate Patients

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    Alsalman, Abdulla K.; Alwabari, Mufeed Saeed; Almugarrab, Fatimah Jawad

    2016-01-01

    Background: Tongue flap is a good option to close a complicated palatal fistula in cleft patients. Most surgeons advocate a double-layer closure to decrease the recurrence rates. In this study, we have reported our experience with a modified single-layer closure with tongue flap in cleft patients. Method: All cases done by a single surgeon using this modified technique in a period of 10 years were retrospectively reviewed. A thorough description of this technique is also provided in the study. Results: Only 5 cases were operated on using this technique. The success rate of all these cases was 100%, with no recurrence of fistula and few complications. Conclusions: This technique provides a way to avoid nasal layer closure in cases where nasal layer is difficult or impossible to close. It also limits the need for a second flap for nasal layer closure. PMID:27622120

  2. Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma associated with hydronephrosis and colovesical fistula formation: report of a case.

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    McCaffrey, James C; Foo, Fung J; Dalal, Neha; Siddiqui, Kamran H

    2009-01-01

    Mesotheliomas usually arise from the pleura and are malignant. We report an unusual case of benign peritoneal mesothelioma presenting in a 59-year-old woman. The disease resulted in bilateral hydronephrosis, colovesical fistula formation, recurrent small bowel obstruction and chronic abdominal pain. To date only a handful of cases have been reported and to the best of our knowledge, none has been so aggressive.

  3. Long-term Results of Endovascular Stent Graft Placement of Ureteroarterial Fistula

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    Okada, Takuya Yamaguchi, Masato; Muradi, Akhmadu Nomura, Yoshikatsu; Uotani, Kensuke; Idoguchi, Koji; Miyamoto, Naokazu Kawasaki, Ryota; Taniguchi, Takanori; Okita, Yutaka; Sugimoto, Koji

    2013-08-01

    PurposeTo evaluate the safety, efficacy, and long-term results of endovascular stent graft placement for ureteroarterial fistula (UAF).MethodsWe retrospectively analyzed stent graft placement for UAF performed at our institution from 2004 to 2012. Fistula location was assessed by contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) and angiography, and freedom from hematuria recurrence and mortality rates were estimated.ResultsStent graft placement for 11 UAFs was performed (4 men, mean age 72.8 {+-} 11.6 years). Some risk factors were present, including long-term ureteral stenting in 10 (91 %), pelvic surgery in 8 (73 %), and pelvic radiation in 5 (45 %). Contrast-enhanced CT and/or angiography revealed fistula or encasement of the artery in 6 cases (55 %). In the remaining 5 (45 %), angiography revealed no abnormality, and the suspected fistula site was at the crossing area between urinary tract and artery. All procedures were successful. However, one patient died of urosepsis 37 days after the procedure. At a mean follow-up of 548 (range 35-1,386) days, 4 patients (36 %) had recurrent hematuria, and two of them underwent additional treatment with secondary stent graft placement and surgical reconstruction. The hematuria recurrence-free rates at 1 and 2 years were 76.2 and 40.6 %, respectively. The freedom from UAF-related and overall mortality rates at 2 years were 85.7 and 54.9 %, respectively.ConclusionEndovascular stent graft placement for UAF is a safe and effective method to manage acute events. However, the hematuria recurrence rate remains high. A further study of long-term results in larger number of patients is necessary.

  4. Percutaneous embolization of a high-flow pancreatic transplant arteriovenous fistula

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    Angle, J. Fritz; Matsumoto, Alan H.; McGraw, J. Kevin; Hagspiel, Klaus D.; Spinosa, David J.; McCullough, Christopher S.

    1999-03-15

    Percutaneous endovascular techniques were used to treat an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) associated with pancreatic transplantation. A pancreatic transplant superior mesenteric artery-to-superior mesenteric-vein AVF was successfully embolized while flow to the pancreas transplant was preserved. The embolization was aided by the use of Guglielmi detachable coils and a detachable balloon. No complications were encountered. At 23 months follow-up, the patient is doing well with no recurrence.

  5. Percutaneous Embolization of a High-Flow Pancreatic Transplant Arteriovenous Fistula

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    Angle, J. Fritz; Matsumoto, Alan H.; McGraw, J. Kevin; Hagspiel, Klaus D.; Spinosa, David J.; McCullough, Christopher S.

    1998-03-15

    Percutaneous endovascular techniques were used to treat an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) associated with pancreatic transplantation. A pancreatic transplant superior mesenteric artery-to-superior mesenteric-vein AVF was successfully embolized while flow to the pancreas transplant was preserved. The embolization was aided by the use of Guglielmi detachable coils and a detachable balloon. No complications were encountered. At 23 months follow-up, the patient is doing well with no recurrence.

  6. Quality of life of Ethiopian women after fistula repair: implications on rehabilitation and social reintegration policy and programming.

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    Donnelly, Kyla; Oliveras, Elizabeth; Tilahun, Yewondwossen; Belachew, Mehari; Asnake, Mengistu

    2015-01-01

    Despite growing recognition of the importance of linking obstetric fistula prevention and treatment strategies with rehabilitation and social reintegration programmes, little research and programming has been oriented toward this goal. Using in-depth interviews, this study aimed to examine the experiences of 51 Ethiopian women after fistula repair surgery to identify priority post-repair interventions that could maximise their quality of life. The results showed that the majority of women felt a dramatic sensation of relief and happiness following repair, yet some continued to experience mental anguish, stigma, and physical problems regardless of the outcome of the procedure. All women suffered intense fear of developing another fistula, most commonly from sex or childbirth. Despite this, the majority of women had sex or planned to do so, while a smaller cohort avoided intercourse and childbearing, thus subjecting them to isolation, marital conflict, and/or economic vulnerability. Our findings suggest that obstetric fistula programmes should integrate (1) post-repair counselling about fistula and risk factors for recurrence, (2) community-based follow-up care, (3) linkages to income-generating opportunities, (4) engagement of women affected by fistula for community outreach, and (5) metrics for evaluating rehabilitation and social reintegration efforts to ensure women regain healthy, productive lives.

  7. Guidelines of how to manage vesicovaginal fistula.

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    Angioli, Roberto; Penalver, Manuel; Muzii, Ludovico; Mendez, Luis; Mirhashemi, Ramin; Bellati, Filippo; Crocè, Clara; Panici, Pierluigi Benedetti

    2003-12-01

    Vesicovaginal fistulas are among the most distressing complications of gynecologic and obstetric procedures. The risk of developing vesicovaginal fistula is more than 1% after radical surgery and radiotherapy for gynecologic malignancies. Management of these fistulas has been better defined and standardized over the last decade. We describe in this paper the success rate reported in the literature by treatment modality and the guidelines used at our teaching hospitals, University of Rome Campus Biomedico and University of Miami School of Medicine. In general, our preferred approach is a trans-vaginal repair. To the performance of the surgical treatment, we recommend a minimum of a 4-6 week's wait from the onset of the fistula. The vaginal repair techniques can be categorized as to those that are modifications of the Latzko procedure or a layered closure with or without a Martius flap. The most frequently used abdominal approaches are the bivalve technique or the fistula excision. Radiated fistulas usually require a more individualized management and complex surgical procedures. The rate of successful fistula repair reported in the literature varies between 70 and 100% in non-radiated patients, with similar results when a vaginal or abdominal approach is performed, the mean success rates being 91 and 97%, respectively. Fistulas in radiated patients are less frequently repaired and the success rate varies between 40 and 100%. In this setting many institutions prefer to perform a urinary diversion. In conclusion, the vaginal approach of vesicovaginal fistulas repair should be the preferred one. Transvaginal repairs achieve comparable success rates, while minimizing operative complications, hospital stay, blood loss, and post surgical pain. We recommend waiting at least 4-6 weeks prior to attempting repair of a vesicovaginal fistula. It is acceptable to repeat the repair through a vaginal approach even after a first vaginal approach failure. In the more individualized

  8. Accessory veins in nonmaturing autogenous arteriovenous fistulae: analysis of anatomic features and impact on fistula maturation.

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    Engstrom, Bjorn I; Grimm, Lars J; Ronald, James; Smith, Tony P; Kim, Charles Y

    2015-01-01

    The appropriate management of nonmaturing arteriovenous (AV) fistulae continues to be a controversial issue. While coil embolization of accessory side-branch veins can be performed to encourage maturation of nonmaturing AV fistulae, the true efficacy and optimal patient population are not well understood. Fistulagrams performed on nonmaturing AV fistulae were retrospectively reviewed in 145 patients (86 males, median age 63 years) for the presence of accessory veins. Fistula and accessory vein measurements were obtained, as were rates of eventual fistula maturation after accessory vein coil embolization. Of 145 nonmaturing fistulae, 49 (34%) had a stenosis without any accessory veins, 76 (52%) had a stenosis and one or more accessory veins, and 20 (14%) had an accessory vein without concurrent stenosis. Eighteen AV fistulae had one or more accessory veins without coexisting stenosis. Nine fistulae had a caliber decrease immediately downstream from the accessory vein. Coil embolization of dominant accessory veins with a caliber decrease immediately downstream (n = 6) resulted in a 100% eventual fistula maturation rate versus 67% for fistulae without this configuration (n = 6, p = 0.15). Accessory vein size was not correlated with maturation rates (p = 0.51). The majority of nonmaturing fistulae with accessory veins had a coexisting stenosis. Higher maturation rates may result with selected anatomic parameters, although additional studies with more robust sample sizes are needed prior to definitive conclusions. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. Traumatic aorta to pulmonary artery fistula

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    Zajtchuk, Rustik; Resnekov, Leon; Ranniger, Klaus; Gonzalez-Lavin, Lorenzo

    1971-01-01

    A case of chronic aortic to pulmonary artery traumatic fistula is presented and the surgical repair is detailed. Closure through the aorta is recommended; this approach provides a dry operative field and avoids the need for dissection of adhesions around the fistulous tract. Fistulae of this type are not common and the pertinent literature is reviewed. Images PMID:5576540

  10. Arterio-Ureteric Fistula Following Iliac Angioplasty

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    Aarvold, Alexander; Wales, Lucy Papadakos, Nikolaos; Munneke, Graham; Loftus, Ian; Thompson, Matt

    2008-07-15

    Arterio-ureteric fistulae are rare but can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. We describe a novel case in which an arterio-ureteric fistula occurred as a complication following external iliac artery angioplasty and stenting, in a patient who had undergone previous pelvic surgery, radiotherapy, ureteric stenting, and urinary diversion surgery. Prompt recognition enabled successful endovascular management using a covered stent.

  11. Outcome of 132 consecutive reconstructive operations for intestinal fistula--staged operation without primary anastomosis improved outcome in retrospective analysis.

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    Runström, B; Hallböök, O; Nyström, P O; Sjödahl, R; Olaison, G

    2013-01-01

    To study factors that influenced healing and survival after attempted closure of enterocutaneous fistula. Retrospective analysis of prospective data concerning 101 patients operated on 132 instances for 110 enterocutaneous fistulae at two hospitals. In all, 96 (87%) of the 110 fistulae healed and 92 (91%) patients survived. A total of 9 patients with unhealed fistula died. Multivariate analysis revealed jaundice as an independent factor for both death and failed closure and operation without anastomosis as an independent positive factor for healing. Failure rate was lower after an operation with stoma without anastomosis (6 of 43, 14%) than after an operation with anastomosis (30 of 89, 34%) p = 0.0213. Of the 36 instances with unhealed fistula, 13 (36%) could be ascribed to inadvertent bowel lesions at the reconstructive operation. In addition, univariate analysis revealed that patients with previous multiple laparotomies or with multiple operations for enterocutaneous fistula healed less likely and had higher mortality. A low serum albumin, high white blood cell count, high C-reactive protein concentration, high fistula output, total parenteral nutrition, and operation for recurrent fistula were associated with death together with long operation time and operative bleeding, both indicators of surgical complexity. Over time, staged surgery avoiding anastomosis increased from 27% to 57%. Mortality decreased from 12% to 6%, and healing increased from 73% to 94%. Chronic inflammation, malnutrition, and liver failure causing an impaired healing capacity are important reasons for failure. Staged operation without primary anastomosis may allow the patient to reverse this condition and improve outcome. The high surgical complexity is a negative factor that requires careful planning of the operation.

  12. [Congenital recto-vaginal fistula associated with a normal anus (type H fistula) and rectal atresia in a patient. Report of a case and a brief revision of the literature].

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    Fernández Fernández, Jesús Ángel; Parodi Hueck, Luis

    2015-09-01

    Congenital recto-urogenital type fistulas with a normal anus and rectal atresia, represent both anorectal malformations that are infrequently seen in clinical practice. We describe the case of a girl with an association of these two anomalies, together with a double vagina who, on her seventh day of life, expelled feces through her genitals. The malformations were corrected by means of a posterior sagittal approach, descending from the rectum to the anus without perineal dissection. The vaginal septum was resected thru the vulva. There is no evidence of recurrence of the recto-vaginal fistula.

  13. Physiologic assessment of coronary artery fistula

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    Gupta, N.C.; Beauvais, J. )

    1991-01-01

    Coronary artery fistula is an uncommon clinical entity. The most common coronary artery fistula is from the right coronary artery to the right side of the heart, and it is less frequent to the pulmonary artery. The effect of a coronary artery fistula may be physiologically significant because of the steal phenomenon resulting in coronary ischemia. Based on published reports, it is recommended that patients with congenital coronary artery fistulas be considered candidates for elective surgical correction to prevent complications including development of congestive heart failure, angina, subacute bacterial endocarditis, myocardial infarction, and coronary aneurysm formation with rupture or embolization. A patient is presented in whom treadmill-exercise thallium imaging was effective in determining the degree of coronary steal from a coronary artery fistula, leading to successful corrective surgery.

  14. Simultaneous bronchopleural and esophagopleural fistulas after pneumonectomy.

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    Trigui, Walid; Le Pimpec-Barthes, Françoise; Shaker, Walid; Lang-Lazdunski, Loïc; Riquet, Marc

    2002-09-01

    The simultaneous occurrence of bronchopleural fistula (BPF) and esophagopleural fistula (EPF) after pneumonectomy is very rare. We describe a 60-year-old man who developed empyema associated with bronchopleural fistula as a complication of a right pneumonectomy. Initial chest tube drainage and antibiotic therapy were ineffective. Five months later ingested food particles appeared in the drainage fluid. Esophagoscopy revealed an esophageal fistula of 10 mm in diameter. After nutritional support by feeding jejunostomy both BPF and EPF were repaired by subscapular muscle myoplasty and extensive thoracoplasty through a right thoracotomy. Endoscopic examination performed 1 month after surgery showed complete closure of both fistulas and 9 months after surgery the patient was eating and gaining weight. The patient's death was due to aspiration pneumonia of another origin.

  15. [Spontaneous vertebral arteriovenous fistula manifestating as radiculopathy].

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    Ito, Osamu; Nishimura, Ataru; Ishido, Katsuya; Hitotsumatsu, Tsutomu

    2011-08-01

    A 61-year-old man presented with a rare case of spontaneous vertebral arteriovenous fistula manifesting as radiculopathy of the left arm. MRI demonstrated an abnormal dilated vascular space on the left ventral aspect of the spinal canal and compression of the spinal cord and subarachnoid space. MRA disclosed a single high-flow vertebral arteriovenous fistula. Angiography showed a direct high-flow fistula at the C2-3 level between the left vertebral artery and the spinal extradural veinous plexus, and an abnormal dilated left vertebral artery with "string of beads"-like feature. The fistula was successfully obliterated by coil embolization with preservation of patency of the left vertebral artery, resulting in improvement of the signs and symptoms. Retrospectively this spontaneous vertebral arteriovenous fistula was considered in association with fibromuscular dysplasia.

  16. Management of an extrasphincteric fistula in an HIV-positive patient by using fibrin glue: a case report with tips and tricks

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    2010-01-01

    Background Individuals with impaired immunity are at higher risk of perianal diseases. Concerning complex anal fistulas impaired healing and complication rates are also higher. Definitive treatment of a fistula aims controlling the purulent discharge and prevents its recurrence. It depends mainly on the trajectory of the fistula and the underlying disease. We present a case of a HIV-positive patient with a complex extrasphincteric anal fistula who was treated successfully with fibrin glue application. We further, discuss tips and tricks when applying fibrin glue as plugging material in complex anal fistulas. Case presentation A sixty-one-year-old HIV-positive male referred to us for warts and extrasphincteric fistula. Because of the patients' immunological status, we opted against surgery and recommended fibrin glue plugging. The patient was discharged the same day. A follow-up examination was performed 5 days after the initial fibrin glue application showing that the fistula canal was obstructed. Three months and a year post-intervention the fistula tract remains closed. Conclusion The best treatment for a disease gives at least the same result with the other treatments with minimised risk for the life of the patient and minimal application effort. Conservative closure of fistula with fibrin plugging is simple, safe and with less morbidity than surgery. Our patient was successfully treated without endangering his life despite his precarious medical state. Not everybody believes in the effectiveness of fibrin glue application, however we consider this solution in cases of complex fistulas at least as primary procedure in special populations such as the immunosupressed. PMID:20152052

  17. Octreotide for treatment of postoperative alimentary tract fistulas.

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    Paran, H; Neufeld, D; Kaplan, O; Klausner, J; Freund, U

    1995-01-01

    Eighteen patients with postoperative fistulas of the gastrointestinal tract were treated with the somatostatin analog octreotide between November 1989 and November 1992. Fourteen patients had enterocutaneous fistulas: seven from the duodenum and seven from the ileum. Another three patients had pancreatic fistulas, and one patient had a biliary fistula. Within 24 hours of octreotide treatment, a mean reduction of 52% in the intestinal fistulas' output, 40% in the pancreatic fistulas, and 30% in the biliary fistula was noted. In the intestinal fistulas group the closure rate was 72% after a mean of 11 days. Early closure (mean 6 days) was achieved in all three pancreatic fistulas. In the patient with the biliary fistula a 30% reduction was observed twice following the administration of octreotide, and an increase occurred when it was withheld. The reduction rate of the secretions in high-output intestinal fistulas (> 500 ml/day) was higher than in the low-output fistulas (63 +/- 8% versus 39 +/- 4%, p < 0.05). Fistula output and the initial response to octreotide treatment had no value in predicting spontaneous healing. In conclusion, octreotide is a valuable tool for the conservative treatment of fistulas of the digestive tract. It is especially valuable for management of high-output enteric fistulas and pancreatic fistulas.

  18. Reflections on the knowledge base for obstetric fistula.

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    Kelly, J; Winter, H R

    2007-11-01

    This article presents the reflections of an experienced fistula surgeon and an epidemiologist on the current knowledge base for obstetric fistula. The incidence, prevention, and management of vesico-vaginal and recto-vaginal fistula are discussed. The authors call for more randomized controlled trials to determine the effectiveness of surgical interventions for fistula repair.

  19. Subadventitial cystectomy in the management of biliary fistula with liver hydatid disease.

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    Lv, Hailong; Jiang, Yufeng; Peng, Xinyu; Zhang, Shijie; Wu, Xiangwei; Yang, Hongqiang; Zhang, Hongwei

    2015-01-01

    Biliary fistulas are the most common morbidity (8.2-26%) following hydatid liver surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate the results of subadventitial cystectomy in the treatment of liver hydatid cyst associated with a biliocystic fistula. The medical records of 153 patients who underwent subadventitial cystectomy for a liver hydatid cyst between January 2006 and December 2010 were retrospectively reviewed. Cysts were located in the right lobe anterior segment 37 (24.2%) patients, right lobe posterior segment 59 (38.6%) patients, the left lobe in 26 (17.0%) patients, and both lobes in 6 (3.9%) patients. The surgical procedures performed were closed (non-incised) subadventitial total cystectomy in 74 patients (48.4%), open (incised) subadventitial total cystectomy in 30 patients (19.6%), and subadventitial subtotal cystectomy in 49 patients (32.0%). Biliocystic communication was found in 52 patients (34.0%), and 21 patients (13.7%) were treated with T-tube drainage. Two patients had performed biliodigestive anastomosis. Biliary fistula was detected in 9 patients after subtotal subadventitial cystectomy. Biliary fistulas closed spontaneously within 10 days and 61 days respectively and the amount of drainage varying between 50 and 400ml after the procedure. Postoperative complication and recurrence rates were 19.0% and 0.7%, respectively. The mortality rate was 0%. Subadventitial cystectomy should be the surgical treatment of choice for this disease because of its feasibility and low rates of recurrence, complications of the residual cavity, and incidence of associated biliary fistula.

  20. Recurrent vulvovaginitis.

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    Powell, Anna M; Nyirjesy, Paul

    2014-10-01

    Vulvovaginitis (VV) is one of the most commonly encountered problems by a gynecologist. Many women frequently self-treat with over-the-counter medications, and may present to their health-care provider after a treatment failure. Vulvovaginal candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis may occur as discreet or recurrent episodes, and have been associated with significant treatment cost and morbidity. We present an update on diagnostic capabilities and treatment modalities that address recurrent and refractory episodes of VV.

  1. Delayed sigmoid colon perforation and enterocutaneous fistula due to tension free transvaginal tape operation for stress urinary incontinence

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    Lee, In Kyu; Sohn, Dong Wan

    2015-01-01

    A 56-year-old female patient presented with sustained sigmoid colon perforation at the time of a tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) procedure and subsequently developed enterocutaneous fistula and subcutaneous abscess. She came to our emergency department complaining of left lower abdominal tenderness and swelling for 2 weeks previously. Her right thigh also was tender and swollen. A foreign body in sigmoid colon and subcutaneous abscess were found on computed tomography scan. We diagnosed the perforation of sigmoid colon and enterocutaneous fistula by TVT mesh. We performed laparoscopic excision of the mesh in sigmoid colon. We performed transobturator tape surgery for recurrence of stress urinary incontinence after 6 months. PMID:26085881

  2. Meningioma recurrence

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    Bencze, János; Varkoly, Gréta; Kouhsari, Mahan C; Klekner, Álmos

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Meningioma accounts for more than 30% of all intracranial tumours. It affects mainly the elderly above the age of 60, at a female:male ratio of 3:2. The prognosis is variable: it is usually favourable with no progression in tumour grade and no recurrence in WHO grade 1 tumours. However, a minority of tumours represent atypical (grade 2) or anaplastic (grade 3) meningiomas; this heterogeneity is also reflected in histopathological appearances. Irrespective of the grade, the size of the tumour and the localisation may have severe, sometimes lethal consequences. Following neurosurgical interventions to remove the tumour, recurrence and progression in WHO grade may occur. Our knowledge on predisposing histomorphological and molecular factors of recurrence is rather limited. These can be classified as I) demographic II) environmental, III) genetic and epigenetic IV) imaging, V) neuropathological, and VI) neurosurgical. In view of the complex background of tumour recurrence, the recognition of often subtle signs of increased risk of recurrence requires close collaboration of experts from several medical specialties. This multidisciplinary approach results in better therapy and fewer complications related to tumour recurrence. PMID:28352788

  3. [Pay attention to the imaging diagnosis of complex anal fistula].

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    Zhou, Zhiyang

    2015-12-01

    The diagnosis and treatment of complex anal fistula has been a significant challenge. Unwise incision and excessive exploration will lead to the secondary branch, sinus and perforation. A simple fistula may become a surgical problem and result in disastrous consequences. Preoperative accurate diagnosis of anal fistula, including in the internal opening, primary track and location of the fistula, extensions and abscess, is important for anal fistula treatment. In the diagnosis of anal fistula, imaging examination, especially MRI plays a crucial role. Localization and demarcation of anal fistula and the relationship with sphincter are important. MRI has been an indispensable confirmatory imaging examination.

  4. Gore Bio-A® Fistula Plug: a new sphincter-sparing procedure for complex anal fistula.

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    Ratto, C; Litta, F; Parello, A; Donisi, L; Zaccone, G; De Simone, V

    2012-05-01

    The surgical treatment of a complex anal fistula remains controversial, although 'sphincter-saving' operations are desirable. The Gore Bio-A® Fistula Plug is a new bioprosthetic plug that has been proposed for the treatment of complex anal fistula. This study reports preliminary data following implantation of this plug. Eleven patients with a complex anal fistula underwent insertion of Gore Bio-A® Fistula Plugs. The disc diameter and number of tubes in the plug were adapted to the fistula to allow accommodation of the disc into a submucosal pocket, and the excess tubes were trimmed. During the follow-up period, patients underwent clinical and physical examinations and three-dimensional endoanal ultrasound. Fistulas were high anterior transphincteric in five patients and high posterior transphincteric in six patients. All patients had a loose seton placement before plug insertion. Two, three and four tubes were inserted into the fistula plug in seven, three and one patient, respectively. The median follow-up period was 5 months. No patient reported any faecal incontinence. There was no case of early plug dislodgement. Treatment success was noted for eight (72.7%) of 11 patients at the last follow-up appointment. Implanting a Gore Bio-A® Fistula Plug is a simple, minimally invasive, safe and potentially effective procedure to treat complex anal fistula. Patient selection is fundamental for success. © 2012 The Authors. Colorectal Disease © 2012 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  5. Ozone Treatment for Chronic Anal Fistula: It Is Not Promising.

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    Ozturk, Alaattin; Atalay, Talha; Cipe, Gokhan; Luleci, Nurettin

    2017-08-01

    The aim of this study is to assess the effect of ozone gas in the treatment of anorectal fistulae. The tip of a 20 G intravenous cannula was inserted from the fistula orifice. Medical ozone was introduced into the fistula. A total of 10 sessions of ozone gas insufflation was performed on alternate days. Treatment was considered to be successful if fistula discharge ceased and the outer fistula orifice closed; however, if discharge was continued or outer fistula orifice was open, the treatment considered to be failed. A total of 12 adult patients were included in the study. The fistula was closed in three patients (25 %), in nine patients (75 %) without closure. In one patient who had fistula closure, the fistula recurred after 2 months. Patients did not express any discomfort during ozone insufflation. There were no side effects or complications due to ozone insufflation. The success rate of ozone insufflation in anorectal fistulae closure is low.

  6. Treatment of a chronic vesicocutaneous fistula and abdominal wall defect after resection of a soft tissue sarcoma using a bipedicled latissimus dorsi and serratus anterior free flap.

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    Ludolph, Ingo; Apel, Hendrik; Horch, Raymund E; Beier, Justus P

    2014-11-01

    We present a surgical treatment for bladder reconstruction in a case of chronic vesicocutaneous radiation-induced fistula and reconstruction of the abdominal wall after resection of a liposarcoma in the rectus abdominis muscle. Fistulas are sequelae after radiotherapy. To regain bladder function and reconstitute abdominal wall stability, a microsurgical flap approach should be considered. A male patient underwent resection of a liposarcoma in the rectus abdominis muscle with adjuvant radiotherapy, suffering from a chronic vesicocutaneous fistula. A bipedicled combined latissimus dorsi and serratus anterior flap was carried out after resection of the fistula for reconstruction of the urine bladder and the abdominal wall. Ascending urethrography 4 weeks postoperatively showed no leakage. In the 4-month follow-up period, no signs of recurrence of the fistula or herniation occurred. A bipedicled flap allowed reconstruction of the urine bladder and the abdominal wall. Using non-irradiated, well-perfused intra-abdominal muscle tissue over the urine bladder prevented recurrence of the fistula.

  7. A Case of Abdominal Abscess in Crohn's Disease: Successful Endoscopic Demonstration of an Obscure Enteric Fistula by Dye Injection via a Percutaneous Drainage Catheter

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    Hamada, Toshihide; Kosaka, Keiichi; Sonde, Cho; Nakai, Kuniharu; Suenaga, Kenji

    2009-01-01

    Abdominal and pelvic abscesses occur in approximately 10–30% of Crohn's disease patients during the course of the disease; most of these abscesses have an enteric communication. For this condition, percutaneous abscess drainage (PAD) rather than emergency surgery has recently been recognized as a valuable procedure for initial treatment. However, in cases wherein the abscess is accompanied by an enteric fistula, the recurrence of abscess might be inevitable without the management of the enteric fistula. Therefore, demonstration and evaluation of the enteric fistula is essential to prevent abscess recurrence; however, this is not necessarily a simple procedure. Here, we report abdominal abscess accompanied by a rectal fistula in a patient with Crohn's disease; this condition was successfully treated by PAD. Furthermore, PAD was also useful in identifying the fistula by colonoscopy involving dye injection via the drainage catheter. To our knowledge, no previous literature has reported the use of dye injection via the drainage catheter for identifying a fistula during endoscopic examination. We present here the radiographic, sonographic, and endoscopic findings of this case. PMID:21103266

  8. Introducing the operation method for curing anal fistula by laser

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    Ji, Bingzhi

    1993-03-01

    The key to the treatment of anal fistula lies in scavenging the infected anal gland thoroughly, which is the source of anal fistula infection. The fistula tract at the internal orifice of the anal fistula is cut 1 cm using laser with the infectious source completely degenerated and the wound gassified and scanned. The residual distal fistula softens and disappears upon the action of organic fibrinolysin.

  9. [Endoscopic sclerosis with pneumatic distension for pyriform sinus fistula treatment].

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    Sanchís Blanco, G; Gutiérrez San Román, C; Bordallo Vázquez, M; Cortés Sáez, J; Barrios Fontoba, J E; Lluna González, J; Esteban Ricós, M J; Vila Carbó, J J

    2014-01-01

    Classic treatment for pyriform sinus fistula (PSF) has been surgical excision; however, less invasive therapeutic alternatives whose aim is the obliteration of the sinus have been described subsequently. The authors present a technical modification of endoscopic sclerosis with diathermy (ESD): continuous infusion of air flow through the flexible endoscope was used to distend the pyriform sinus and facilitate recognition of the fistula opening. The sinus obliteration was performed with a wire guide and diathermy. In the last 15 years, 9 patients were diagnosed of suffering from PSF in our institution. Initial treatment was antibiotics therapy associated in some cases to cervical abscess drainage. Fistulectomy was performed in 4 cases and ESD in 4. The ninth patient received both treatments, performing electrocauterization after a surgical recurrence. Three of the patients who underwent surgery relapsed; none treated by ESD did, or had any complications. In our experience, endoscopic sclerosis with pneumatic distension is a simple technique, reproducible, not invasive and very effective; hence we consider it might become a first line therapy for PSF.

  10. Meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials comparing fistulectomy versus fistulotomy for low anal fistula.

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    Xu, Yansong; Liang, Siyuang; Tang, Weizhong

    2016-01-01

    We evaluated the efficacy of fistulectomy compared to fistulotomy, and which procedure was the best procedure for patients with low anal fistula. The literature search included PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane library, Google original studies and a manual search of reference on the topic of fistulectomy compared to fistulotomy for anal fistula that had a deadline for publication by June 2016. Randomized controlled trials studies were included in the review. The outcome variables were analyzed which including operative time, healing time, postoperative complications, recurrence and incontinence. Six randomized controlled trials (fistulectomy = 280, fistulotomy = 285) were considered suitable for the meta-analysis, with a total of 565 patients. The result of meta-analysis indicated no statistically significant difference in operative time [OR 4.74, 95 % CI -2.74, 12.23, p = 0.21] and healing time [OR -3.32, 95 % CI -19.86, 13.23, p = 0.69] between the fistulectomy and fistulotomy procedures. Three main postoperative complications were included, and the combined result indicated no statistically significant difference in overall complications [OR 1.39, 95 % CI 0.51, 3.78, p = 0.52] and subgroup complication. At the end of follow up, two kinds of surgical methods have the same low recurrence rate and faecal incontinence. The result revealed that there was no significant difference in rate of fistula recurrence between the fistulectomy and the fistulotomy [OR 1.39, 95 % CI 0.70, 2.73, p = 0.34]. The meta-analysis indicates that there is no conclusive evidence if fistulectomy or fistulotomy procedure is better in the treatment of low anal fistula.

  11. Long-term outcome of low perianal fistulas treated by fistulotomy: a multicenter study.

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    Göttgens, K W A; Janssen, P T J; Heemskerk, J; van Dielen, F M H; Konsten, J L M; Lettinga, T; Hoofwijk, A G M; Belgers, H J; Stassen, L P S; Breukink, S O

    2015-02-01

    Fistulotomy is considered to be the golden standard for the treatment of low perianal fistula but might have more influence on continence status than believed. This study was performed to evaluate the healing rate after a fistulotomy and to show results for continence status. A retrospective database study was performed in one university medical center and its six affiliated hospitals. All patients treated with a fistulotomy for a low perianal fistula were identified. Healing and recurrence of the fistula were identified. Questionnaires on continence status and quality of life were mailed to all patients. In total, 537 patients were identified. The primary etiology of the fistulas was cryptoglandular (66.5%). Recurrence was seen in 88 patients (16.4%) resulting in a primary healing rate of 83.6%. After secondary treatment for the recurrence, another 40 patients healed. This resulted in a secondary healing rate of 90.3%. The Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that at 5 years, the healing rate was 0.81 (95% confidence interval (95% CI) 0.71-0.85). The mean Vaizey score was 4.67 (SD 4.80). Major incontinence, defined as a Vaizey score of >6, was seen in 95 (28.0%) patients. Only 26.3% of the patients had a perfect continence status (Vaizey score 0). Quality of life was not different from the general population. Fistulotomy seems to be associated with a healing rate of 0.81 (95% CI 0.71-0.85) after 5 years. However, major incontinence is still reported by 26.8% of patients and only 26.3% of patients had a perfect continence status.

  12. Puborectal sling interposition combined with seton drainage for pouch-vaginal fistula after rectal cancer surgery with colonic J pouch-anal reconstruction: report of a case.

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    Kawamoto, Aya; Inoue, Yasuhiro; Okigami, Masato; Okugawa, Yoshinaga; Hiro, Junichiro; Toiyama, Yuji; Tanaka, Koji; Uchida, Keiichi; Mohri, Yasuhiko; Kusunoki, Masato

    2014-01-01

    The management of postoperative rectovaginal fistula (RVF) after rectal cancer surgery is difficult and requires reconstruction of the anastomotic site and fistula. Though various surgical procedures have been reported for the repair of RVFs, the results of surgical repair are often unsatisfactory, and failure of the initial repair leads to difficulty in the later operations. Furthermore, it has been reported that cases associated with local infection result in low success rates. We report a case of an 80-year-old woman with a recurrent colonic J pouch-vaginal fistula after anoabdominal rectal resection with partial internal sphincteric resection, who achieved a good outcome following a repair using a puborectal sling interposition combined with seton drainage. It may be a useful option for RVF management in repair of such pouch-vaginal fistula after coloanal anastomosis with intersphincteric resection.

  13. Saphenofemoral arteriovenous fistula as hemodialysis access.

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    Correa, João A; de Abreu, Luiz Carlos; Pires, Adilson C; Breda, João R; Yamazaki, Yumiko R; Fioretti, Alexandre C; Valenti, Vitor E; Vanderlei, Luiz Carlos M; Macedo, Hugo; Colombari, Eduardo; Miranda, Fausto

    2010-10-18

    An upper limb arteriovenous (AV) fistula is the access of choice for haemodialysis (HD). There have been few reports of saphenofemoral AV fistulas (SFAVF) over the last 10-20 years because of previous suggestions of poor patencies and needling difficulties. Here, we describe our clinical experience with SFAVF. SFAVFs were evaluated using the following variables: immediate results, early and late complications, intraoperative and postoperative complications (up to day 30), efficiency of the fistula after the onset of needling and complications associated to its use. Fifty-six SFAVF fistulas were created in 48 patients. Eight patients had two fistulas: 8 patent (16%), 10 transplanted (20%), 12 deaths (24%), 1 low flow (2%) and 20 thrombosis (39%) (first two months of preparation). One patient had severe hypotension during surgery, which caused thrombosis of the fistula, which was successfully thrombectomised, four thrombosed fistulae were successfully thrombectomised and revised on the first postoperative day. After 59 months of follow-up, primary patency was 44%. SFAVF is an adequate alternative for patients without the possibility for other access in the upper limbs, allowing efficient dialysis with good long-term patency with a low complication rate.

  14. Saphenofemoral arteriovenous fistula as hemodialysis access

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    2010-01-01

    Background An upper limb arteriovenous (AV) fistula is the access of choice for haemodialysis (HD). There have been few reports of saphenofemoral AV fistulas (SFAVF) over the last 10-20 years because of previous suggestions of poor patencies and needling difficulties. Here, we describe our clinical experience with SFAVF. Methods SFAVFs were evaluated using the following variables: immediate results, early and late complications, intraoperative and postoperative complications (up to day 30), efficiency of the fistula after the onset of needling and complications associated to its use. Results Fifty-six SFAVF fistulas were created in 48 patients. Eight patients had two fistulas: 8 patent (16%), 10 transplanted (20%), 12 deaths (24%), 1 low flow (2%) and 20 thrombosis (39%) (first two months of preparation). One patient had severe hypotension during surgery, which caused thrombosis of the fistula, which was successfully thrombectomised, four thrombosed fistulae were successfully thrombectomised and revised on the first postoperative day. After 59 months of follow-up, primary patency was 44%. Conclusion SFAVF is an adequate alternative for patients without the possibility for other access in the upper limbs, allowing efficient dialysis with good long-term patency with a low complication rate. PMID:20955561

  15. A Newly Designed Anal Fistula Plug: Clinicopathological Study in an Experimental Iatrogenic Fistula Model

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    Aikawa, Masayasu; Miyazawa, Mitsuo; Okada, Katsuya; Akimoto, Naoe; Koyama, Isamu; Yamaguchi, Shigeki; Ikada, Yoshito

    2013-01-01

    We report on a clinicopathologic study in an animal model of treatment with a new bioabsorbable polymer plug (BAPP). Over a 2-week period, 6 porcine models, which each had 4 anal fistulae, were created using Blake drains. The pigs were divided into 2 groups: the BAPP-treatment group (n = 12 fistulae) and the control group (n = 12 fistulae). Two weeks later, the pigs were humanely killed, and the perianal sites were excised and examined with gross and pathologic studies. Each fistula in the BAPP group was completely cured. In the pathologic study, the treatment sites had little disarray, few defects in the muscular layer, and small numbers of inflammatory cells. The control group had a significantly greater number of inflammatory cells and microabscesses than the BAPP group. The newly developed BAPP reduced the infection and induced good healing in anal fistulae. The BAPP may be a useful new device for the clinical treatment of anal fistulae. PMID:23701146

  16. Conservative management of urorectal fistulae.

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    Venkatesan, Krishnan; Zacharakis, Evangelos; Andrich, Daniela E; Mundy, Anthony R

    2013-06-01

    To characterize conservative management of urorectal fistulae (URF). URF are a recognized but rare complication of treatments for prostate and rectal cancers. URF can lead to incontinence, fecaluria, pain, urinary infection, and sepsis, and thus are usually treated surgically. We present a series of 3 patients whose complex URF were managed conservatively. Between 2004 and 2010, 43 patients were diagnosed with URF resulting from treatment for prostate or rectal cancer. All patients were evaluated and offered surgical treatment; 40 patients elected surgical therapy, and 3 patients chose conservative, nonoperative management of the URF. The primary outcome was the patient choosing or needing formal surgical URF closure. Because this was not a comparative study, no formal statistical analysis was undertaken. The 3 patients have been regularly monitored and have required symptomatic and episodic care. None, however, has opted for formal surgical fistula repair, and to date, all continue in conservative management of their URF. Spontaneous URF closure is uncommon and is unknown to occur in complex URF. Surgery is the mainstay of treatment. Patients should consider treatment options, potential outcomes, and their quality of life when choosing or not choosing treatment. The applicability and durability of conservative management of URF remains unclear. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. [Secondary aorto-enteric fistula].

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    Giordanengo, F; Boneschi, M; Miani, S; Erba, M; Beretta, L

    1998-01-01

    Aortic graft fistula is a rare and life-threatening complication after aortic reconstruction. The incidence ranges from 0.5 to 4%, and even if the diagnosis and treatment is appropriate, the results of surgery are poor: mortality rate ranges from 14 to 70%. The optimal method of treatment is still controversial; prosthetic removal and extra-anatomic bypass has been advocated as the standard method, but more recently, because the high mortality rate associated with this procedure, some have prompted to recommend in situ aortic graft replacement as a more successful treatment. Personal experience with incidence (0.7%) outcome and mortality (57%) in 7 patients treated over a period of 6 years (1990-1996) is reported. Results from this group are compared with another group (6 patients) previously treated (1975-1982) for the same pathology. Our results after 10 years, show the same incidence (0.7 vs 0.6%) and an elevated and unchanged mortality (57 vs 66%). Better results in the management of aorto-enteric fistulas could be achieved with the removal of infected infrarenal aortic prosthetic grafts and in situ homografts replacement.

  18. Transarterial treatment of direct carotico-cavernous fistulas with coils and Onyx.

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    Ramalingaiah, Arvinda Hanumanthapura; Prasad, Chandrajit; Sabharwal, Paramveer Singh; Saini, Jitender; Pandey, Paritosh

    2013-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of combination of liquid embolic agent ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (Onyx) and detachable coils in the treatment of direct carotico-cavernous fistulas (CCFs). We prospectively collected clinical and radiological data of all patients who underwent embolization of direct CCFs at our institution over a period of 21 months. The clinical parameters, angioarchitecture, presence of cortical venous reflux, volume of Onyx used, number of coils used, extent of embolization and complications were recorded. A total of 21 consecutive patients (18 men and 3 women, 14 to 48 years) with direct CCF underwent embolization with a combination of coils and Onyx. Embolization was done through the arterial route in all cases. Complete obliteration of the fistula was achieved in 19 of 21 cases. Cast embolization in middle cerebral artery occurred in one patient; however, the cast was completely retrieved with Solitaire device, and the patient did not have any neurological deficit. All completely treated patients reported relief of symptoms at varying intervals. At 6-month follow-up, none of the patients with complete occlusion of the fistula showed any recurrence. The adjuvant use of Onyx with detachable coils in direct CCF through the arterial route is a safe and effective method for embolization with immediate and complete occlusion of the fistula. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case series of demonstration of arterial use of Onyx with coils in the treatment of direct CCFs.

  19. Life-threating upper gastrointestinal bleeding due to a primary aorto-jejunal fistula

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    Fernández de Sevilla, Elena; Echeverri, Juan Andrés; Boqué, Miriam; Valverde, Silvia; Ortega, Nuria; Gené, Anna; Rodríguez, Nivardo; Balibrea, José María; Armengol, Manel

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Primary aorto-enteric fistula (AEF) is an uncommon life-threating condition. Only 4% of them involve the jejunum or ileum and its mortality ranges from 33 to 85%. Presentation of case A 54-year-old female was admitted to the Emergency Department with syncope and hematemesis. The esophagogastroduodenoscopy found a pulsatile vessel in the second portion of the duodenum. A computed tomography scan showed an AEF with an infrarenal aortic aneurysm and iliac artery thrombosis. During surgery, an infrarenal aortic aneurysm complicated with an aorto-jejunal fistula was found. An axilo-bifemoral bypass, open repair of the aneurysm and segmental small bowel resection with primary suture of the jejunal defect were performed. Discussion Depending on previous aortic grafting, AEF can be classified as primary or secondary. Primary AEF is usually caused by an untreated abdominal aortic aneurysm, commonly presenting an infectious etiology. The main clinical sign is a “herald” hemorrhage. The EGD is considered as the first step in diagnosing AEF. The treatment of choice for AEF is emergent surgery. Use of broad-spectrum antibiotics is mandatory in the postoperative period to avoid fistula recurrence. Conclusion AEF is a rare entity with a high mortality. High clinical suspicion is essential to make a correct diagnosis, which is crucial for the prognosis of these patients, such is the case of our patient. If hemodynamic stability is achieved, it allows to employ surgical strategies in which extra-abdominal bypass is performed before fistula is treated. PMID:25616071

  20. Peritoneal bladder fistula following radiotherapy for cervical cancer: A case report

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    Shi, Fan; Wang, Tao; Wang, Jiquan; Hui, Beina; Chai, Yanlan; Wang, Juan; Liu, Zi

    2016-01-01

    The occurrence of a peritoneal bladder fistula as a result of radiation cystitis following radiotherapy for cervical cancer is extremely rare and, to the best of our knowledge, has not been reported previously. The present study reports the case of a 50-year-old woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer 20 years previously and was treated with radiotherapy. The patient was diagnosed with radiation cystitis 10 years ago, which was treated with Chinese medicine, and began experiencing sudden abdominal pain and bowel difficulties following urination 3 years ago. B-ultrasound examination at The People's Hospital of Tongchuan (Tongchuan, China) detected the presence of abdominal pelvic fluid. Following antibiotic (levofloxacin for 5 days) and ascites extraction treatment, symptoms were relieved without recurrence. However, 5 days prior to admission to the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiatong University (Xi'an, China) on June 25, 2014, the patient experienced difficulty when urinating, abdominal pain and bloating, but did not experience frequent urination, hematuria or fever. Cystoscopic examination revealed a visible fistula on the bladder wall measuring 1×1 cm in diameter. Cytoscopic examination 1 month after catheterization and ascites extraction revealed no evidence of the fistula. The patient was followed up every 3 months for a year and a half, and is currently alive and well. In conclusion, the occurrence of peritoneal bladder fistula following radiation therapy is rare and cystoscopy is the preferred method of examination and diagnosis. Early detection and treatment may significantly improve the prognosis of patients. PMID:27602129

  1. [RENAL CELL CARCINOMA PRESENTING WITH HIGH-OUTPUT HEART FAILURE DUE TO ARTERIOVENOUS FISTULA].

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    Watanabe, Daisuke; Horiguchi, Akio; Isono, Makoto; Sinchi, Masayuki; Masunaga, Ayako; Ito, Keiichi; Asano, Tomohiko

    2015-01-01

    A 64-year-old woman who has a history of congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation was admitted to our hospital with the exacerbation of exertional dyspnea and urinary retention due to severe gross hematuria. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography showed a tumor involving the inferior and middle poles of the right kidney with no nodal involvement, or distant metastases, but that was accompanied by markedly proliferated blood vessels around the inferior vena cava and right renal vein, seemingly a result of an arteriovenous fistula. After embolization of the right renal artery, right radical nephrectomy was performed via a thoracoabdominal incision. The histological diagnosis of the tumor was clear cell renal cell carcinoma, G2 > G3, Fuhrman nuclear grade3, pT2a. Although the presence of an arteriovenous fistula was not confirmed histologically, the severely condensed proliferation of the blood vessels in the renal hilum is consistent with the diagnosis of an arteriovenous fistula accompanying renal cell carcinoma. Immediately after the operation, her symptoms of congestive heart failure, including dyspnea, subsided and her serum BNP levels and CTR value returned to normal levels. Two years after the operation, she shows no signs of recurrence or metastasis. To the best of our knowledge, there have been 25 cases of arteriovenous fistulas accompanied by renal cell carcinoma but only a few in which the symptoms were those of severe congestive heart failure. Clinicians should be aware that renal cell carcinoima could be a cause of heart failure.

  2. [A case report of metastatic anal fistula cancer treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy].

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    Murata, Akihiro; Takatsuka, Satoshi; Shinkawa, Hiroji; Kaizaki, Ryoji; Hori, Takaaki; Ikehara, Teruyuki

    2014-11-01

    A 69-year-old man with perianal pain was diagnosed with an anal fistula and a rectal tumor by magnetic resonance imaging and pulmonary tuberculosis by computed tomography. A colonoscopy confirmed the presence of a circular mass in the rectum 6 cm from the anal verge. Histological examination revealed a moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma. Initially, seton drainage was used to improve the perianal pain. After 2 months of anti-tuberculosis therapy, the patient underwent low anterior resection for the rectal cancer. Six months after surgery, a perianal tumor was detected at the postoperative site of the anal fistula. Biopsy of the tumor revealed adenocarcinoma. Because the histological appearance of the second tumor was identical to the rectal cancer, it was diagnosed as a metastatic anal fistula cancer. The tumor shrunk after 3 courses of neoadjuvant chemotherapy with S-1 plus oxaliplatin (SOX) plus bevacizumab and there was no evidence of distant metastasis. Local resection of the anal fistula cancer was performed. Six months postoperatively, the patient is doing well and shows no sign of recurrence.

  3. Transvenous Approach to Intracranial Dural Arteriovenous Fistula (Cognard V): a Treatment Option

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    Aiuxut Lorenzo, S.; Tomasello Weitz, A.; Blasco Andaluz, J.; Sanroman Manzanera, L.; Macho Fernández, J.M.

    2011-01-01

    Summary The endovascular technique is the gold standard treatment in dural arteriovenous fistulas. Due to the limited number of series published it is difficult to create rigid guidelines in terms of the best endovascular treatment approach. Treatment must be tailored to each particular case, but it is important to keep in mind that the possibility of treating a type V dAVF by the transvenous approach should not be discarded. In selected cases the transvenous approach may be helpful to increase the chance of success in the endovascular treatment of type V dAVF. We describe a patient in whom the first arterial treatment failed to achieve occlusion of the fistulous point with the glue. Clinical symptoms improved due to the diminished flow at the fistula after the first embolization but as soon as collateral arteries were recruited by the fistula, spinal cord venous drainage impairment led to symptoms recurrence. Transvenous access allowed us to close the fistula completely in one only session with a complete disappearance of the pathologically inverted perimedullary venous flow. PMID:21561567

  4. [Cysts and congenital fistulas of the face and the neck. About 78 cases].

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    Ondzotto, G; Ehouo, F; Peko, J F; Fouemina, T; Bissiko, F; Akolbout, D; Mokebe, M

    2005-06-01

    The cysts and congenital fistulas of the face and neck induce frequent malformations in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology. A retrospective study on these malformations has been carried out from January 1986 to December 2001 in the Oto-Rhino-Laryngology unit of the Brazzaville Teaching Hospital. This study considered the epidemio-clinical aspects, the modes of therapeutic treatment and the evolution of these congenital pathologies. The cysts and congenital fistulas represented 2% of the consultations in the service. Patients were aged of 10 months to 50 years (average age: 21 +/- 5 years) among them 49 men (63%) and 29 women (37%). The pathology appeared in childhood in 41% of the cases and during adult age in 59% of the cases. The main circumstances of discovery were: cystic swelling (72%), infectious complication (18%) and productive fistula (10%). The clinical forms have been dominated by the cysts of the thyreoglossal tractus (72%), followed by the pre-auricular fistulas (10%), the amygdaloid (9%), dermoid (6%) and nasopalatine (3%) cysts. The treatment was in any case surgical. A good embryo-pathogenic knowleldge should contribute to a complete surgical exeresis, a necessary condition to avoid recurrence.

  5. Urethral calculi with a urethral fistula: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Zeng, Mingqiang; Zeng, Fanchang; Wang, Zhao; Xue, Ruizhi; Huang, Liang; Xiang, Xuyu; Chen, Zhi; Tang, Zhengyan

    2017-09-06

    To explore and summarize the reasons why urethral calculi cause a urethral fistula. We retrospectively studied 1 patient in Xiangya hospital and all relevant literature published in English between 1989 and 2015. The patients (including those reported in the literature) were characterized by age, origin, location of calculus, size of calculus, fistulous track, and etiological factors. Most of urethral calculi associated with a urethral fistula were native generated. Urethral calculi can be formed in various locations of the urethra, and the size of the calculus ranged from small (multiple) calculi to giant stones. The fistula external orifice located at the root of the penis was relatively common, and there were various etiological factors, such as urethral strictures, urethral trauma induced by long-term catheterization, lumbar fractures, and congenital anomaly factors. They were managed by the excision of the fistulous tract, retrieval of the urethral stones, and/or debridement and pus drainage operations. Some elements, such as trauma, recurrent urinary tract infections, abscess formation induced by long-term catheterization, and urethral calculus, may be the risk factors for a urethral fistula.

  6. Recurrent novae

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    Hack, Margherita; Selvelli, Pierluigi

    1993-01-01

    Recurrent novae seem to be a rather inhomogeneous group: T CrB is a binary with a M III companion; U Sco probably has a late dwarf as companion. Three are fast novae; two are slow novae. Some of them appear to have normal chemical composition; others may present He and CNO excess. Some present a mass-loss that is lower by two orders of magnitude than classical novae. However, our sample is too small for saying whether there are several classes of recurrent novae, which may be related to the various classes of classical novae, or whether the low mass-loss is a general property of the class or just a peculiarity of one member of the larger class of classical novae and recurrent novae.

  7. Recurrent pericarditis.

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    Imazio, M; Battaglia, A; Gaido, L; Gaita, F

    2017-05-01

    Recurrent pericarditis is the most troublesome complication of pericarditis occurring in 15 to 30% of cases. The pathogenesis is often presumed to be immune-mediated although a specific rheumatologic diagnosis is commonly difficult to find. The clinical diagnosis is based on recurrent pericarditis chest pain and additional objective evidence of disease activity (e.g. pericardial rub, ECG changes, pericardial effusion, elevation of markers of inflammation, and/or imaging evidence of pericardial inflammation by CT or cardiac MR). The mainstay of medical therapy for recurrent pericarditis is aspirin or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) plus colchicine. Second-line therapy is considered after failure of such treatments and it is generally based on low to moderate doses of corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone 0.2 to 0.5 mg/kg/day or equivalent) plus colchicine. More difficult cases are treated with combination of aspirin or NSAID, colchicine and corticosteroids. Refractory cases are managed by alternative medical options, including azathioprine, or intravenous human immunoglobulins or biological agents (e.g. anakinra). When all medical therapies fail, the last option may be surgical by pericardiectomy to be recommended in well-experienced centres. Despite a significant impairment of the quality of life, the most common forms of recurrent pericarditis (usually named as "idiopathic recurrent pericarditis" since without a well-defined etiological diagnosis) have good long-term outcomes with a negligible risk of developing constriction and rarely cardiac tamponade during follow-up. The present article reviews current knowledge on the definition, diagnosis, aetiology, therapy and prognosis of recurrent pericarditis with a focus on the more recent available literature. Copyright © 2016 Société Nationale Française de Médecine Interne (SNFMI). Published by Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.

  8. Bronchopleural Fistula After Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Tumours

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    Cannella, Mathieu; Cornelis, Francois; Descat, Edouard; Ferron, Stephane; Carteret, Thibault; Castagnede, Hugues; Palussiere, Jean

    2011-02-15

    The present article describes two cases of bronchopleural fistula (BPF) occurring after radiofrequency ablation of lung tumors. Both procedures were carried out using expandable multitined electrodes, with no coagulation of the needle track. After both ablations, ground-glass opacities encompassed the nodules and abutted the visceral pleura. The first patient had a delayed pneumothorax, and the second had a recurrent pneumothorax. Both cases of BPF were diagnosed on follow-up computed tomography chest scans (i.e., visibility of a distinct channel between the lung or a peripheral bronchus and the pleura) and were successfully treated with chest tubes alone. Our goal is to highlight the fact that BPF can occur without needle-track coagulation and to suggest that minimally invasive treatment is sufficient to cure BPFs of this specific origin.

  9. Vesicoovarian Fistula on an Endometriosis Abscessed Cyst

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    Tran, C.; Even, M.; Carbonnel, M.; Preaux, F.; Isnard, F.; Rault, A.; Rouanne, M.; Ayoubi, J. M.

    2014-01-01

    We report the case of a patient who developed a vesicoovarian fistula on an endometriosis abscessed cyst. The patient presented with an advanced endometriosis stage IV complicated with a right ovarian abscessed cyst of 10 cm. A first coelioscopy with cystectomy was realized. After surgery, a voiding cystography highlighted a fistula between the ovarian abscess and the bladder. A second surgery by median laparotomy was realized with the resection of the right ovarian abscess and the resection of vesical fistula. PMID:25152819

  10. Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Occlusion Complicated with Biliary Fistula Successfully Treated with a Stent Graft: A Case Report.

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    Kim, Eunyoung; Lee, Sung Won; Kim, Woo Hyeon; Bae, Si Hyun; Han, Nam Ik; Oh, Jung Suk; Chun, Ho Jong; Lee, Hae Giu

    2016-01-01

    A 43-year-old man with liver cirrhosis received transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) for the treatment of recurrent variceal bleeding and F3 esophageal varices. During routine follow up liver ultrasound examination, six months after the implantation, TIPS occlusion was suspected and TIPS revision was performed. During the revision, moderate to severe stenosis at the hepatic venous segment of the tract and a total occlusion at the parenchymal segment of TIPS tract near the portal vein with biliary-TIPS fistula were identified with a clear visualization of the common bile duct. After the successful TIPS revision with the placement of an additional stent-graft, the biliary fistula and common bile duct were no more delineated. We herein report a rare case with an obvious visualization of biliary-TIPS fistula associated with obstruction of TIPS shunt on the tractogram and recanalization with an additional stent-graft.

  11. Crohn's disease of the esophagus: treatment of an esophagobronchial fistula with the novel liquid embolic polymer "onyx".

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    Rieder, F; Hamer, O; Gelbmann, C; Schölmerich, J; Gross, V; Feuerbach, S; Herfarth, H; Rogler, G

    2006-07-01

    Esophageal involvement in Crohn's disease is very rare. In only a small subgroup of these patients -- up to date fourteen cases have been described in the literature -- the course of the illness may be complicated by esophageal fistula formation. The therapy for fistulizing esophageal Crohn's disease so far has been disappointing, recurrence and progression are likely, and surgery still is the primary treatment modality for refractory patients. We here present a case of severe Crohn's disease with an esophagobronchial fistula and the successful closure of the fistula tract with the novel liquid polymer sealant "Onyx". This approach offers a new option for the treatment of this rare complication of Crohn's disease and should be considered if surgery is not possible.

  12. The changing face of obstetric fistula surgery in Ethiopia

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    Wright, Jeremy; Ayenachew, Fekade; Ballard, Karen D

    2016-01-01

    Objective To examine the incidence and type of obstetric fistula presenting to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia over a 4-year period. Study design This is a 4-year retrospective survey of obstetric fistula treated at three Hamlin Fistula Hospitals in Ethiopia, where approximately half of all women in the country are treated. The operation logbook was reviewed to identify all new cases of obstetric fistula presenting from 2011 to 2015. New cases of urinary fistula were classified by fistula type (high or low), age, and parity of the woman. Results In total, 2,593 new cases of urinary fistulae were identified in the study period. The number of new cases fell by 20% per year over the 4 years (P<0.001). A total of 1,845 cases (71.1%) were low (ischemic) fistulae, and 804 cases (43.6%) of these had an extreme form of low circumferential fistula. A total of 638 (24.6%) women had a high bladder fistula, which predominantly occurs following surgery, specifically cesarean section or emergency hysterectomy, and 110 (4.2%) women had a ureteric fistula. The incidence of high fistulae increased over the study period from 26.9% to 36.2% (P<0.001). A greater proportion of multiparous women had a high bladder fistula (70.3%) compared with primigravid women (29.7%) (P<0.001). Conversely, a greater proportion of primiparous women experienced a low circumferential fistulae (68.6%) compared with multiparous women (31.4%) (P<0.001). Conclusion There appears to be a decline in the number of Ethiopian women being treated for new obstetric urinary fistulae. However, the type of fistula being presented for treatment is changing, with a rise in high fistulae that very likely occurred following cesarean section and a decline in the classic low fistulae that arise following obstructed childbirth. PMID:27445505

  13. Efficacy of an anal fistula plug for fistulas-in-Ano in children.

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    Kouchi, Katsunori; Takenouchi, Ayao; Matsuoka, Aki; Yabe, Kiyoaki; Korai, Mashahiro; Nakata, Chikako

    2017-08-01

    In children, perianal abscesses have a good prognosis and often heal with age. However, some perianal abscesses are refractory to treatment and remain as fistulas-in-Ano. Treatment with a Surgisis Anal Fistula Plug® has been reported as a new method of treatment for fistulas. In adults, the plug has been reported to cause little pain and have a high cure rate, but there have been no reported cases of its use in children. This study was designed to analyze the efficacy of the plug for closure of refractory fistulas in children. Since the plug has not been approved as a medical device in Japan, application for its use was submitted to the ethics committee of our university, and approval was granted, marking the first use of the plug in Japan. We classified refractory fistulas as those treated for 6months or longer and remaining unhealed, even after 1year of age, despite continued conservative treatment. The plug was used in 11 refractory fistulas in 8 children. Eight of 11 fistulas (72.7%) were successfully treated. Three fistulas recurred, and fistulectomies were performed. No sequelae were observed after AFP treatment. The plug was effective even for closure of refractory fistulas without sequelae in children. Treatment Study, Level IV. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Pharyngoesophageal stricture and fistula. Treatment by free jejunal graft.

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    Hester, T R; McConnel, F; Nahai, F; Cunningham, S J; Jurkiewicz, M J

    1984-01-01

    Fifty-five patients with disorders of the pharynx or cervical esophagus requiring extensive ablative therapy were reconstructed by heterotopic autotransplantation of a segment of jejunum. Of these 55 patients, the overwhelming majority were treated for squamous cell carcinoma or the complications of combined radiation and operative therapy. There were six graft failures in the entire group of 55 patients for a transfer reliability of 90%. Three patients died in the perioperative period (5%). The purpose of this paper is to report on the treatment of a subset of these patients in whom fixed cicatricial stenosis of the gullet was the problem or in whom a radionecrotic cutaneous fistula existed. Fourteen such patients were treated, ten with stricture and four with fistula. Both patch grafts of on-lay segments and more routine circumferentially intact tubed segments of jejunum were used depending upon the nature of the defect. The youngest patient in this group was a 3-year-old juvenile diabetic with caustic stricture and the oldest was a 75-year-old man with fixed stricture following operation and radiation for cancer. Nine of ten and four of four anatomic reconstructions were successful in the stricture and fistula patients, respectively. All of these 13 patients with a neo- gullet of jejunum were able to handle secretions and liquids satisfactorily. Eleven patients were on a regular diet and had no discernible physiological impairment in alimentation. One patient had mild dysphagia and used a blenderized diet. One patient was able to swallow liquids only. In this patient the resection for tumor was so high and so extensive that the physiologic act of deglutition itself was impaired. There were no perioperative deaths, although one patient has succumbed to recurrent and metastatic carcinoma. When conventional treatment for stricture or fistula in the cervical alimentary tract has failed, reconstruction can be accomplished safely by free revascularized jejunal graft

  15. Comparison of Clinical Outcome of Facial Artery Myomucosal Flap and Tongue Flap for Closure of Large Anterior Palatal Fistulas.

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    Sohail, Muhammad; Bashir, Muhammad Mustehsan; Khan, Farid Ahmad; Ashraf, Noreen

    2016-09-01

    Closure of large anterior palatal fistula has high recurrence rate. The objective of this study was to compare the clinical outcome of facial artery myomucosal flap (FAMM flap) and tongue flap used for closure of large anterior palatal fistula. This study was conducted from March 2008 to March 2014. Thirty-nine patients, aged 2 to 40 years, who had anterior palatal fistula 5 to 20 mm in width with associated alveolar cleft and repaired with either a tongue flap or FAMM flap were included. Patients were excluded if they had adequate local palatal tissue for closure, mid, posterior or multiple fistulae, fistula width >20 mm. Closure was performed in 2 layers. Turndown flap of oral mucoperiosteum was used to reconstruct nasal layer and oral layer was reconstructed with FAMM flap in 16 and tongue flap in 23 patients. Mean(SD) pain score was 3(1) and 7(1) in FAMM flap and tongue flap groups respectively with a P value <0.096. All patients in tongue flap group experienced difficulty in speaking and eating whereas in FAMM flap group 2 had eating problem and 2 experienced speech difficulty. Mean(SD) total operative times for FAMM flap and tongue flap were 155(38) and 242(10) minutes, respectively, P value <0.002. There was no difference for other complications and no recurrence at 1 year follow-up in both groups. The authors concluded that FAMM flap should be considered first choice for closure of large anterior palatal fistulas associated with alveolar cleft as it requires less total operative time and has less early postoperative complications.

  16. Efficacy of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells for Fistula Treatment of Crohn's Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    Cao, Yantian; Ding, Zhen; Han, Chaoqun; Shi, Huiying; Cui, Lianlian; Lin, Rong

    2017-04-01

    The introduction of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) has changed the management of Crohn's fistula, while it remains controversial. The aim of this study was to provide an overview of efficacy and optimum state of MSCs treatment on Crohn's fistula. Studies reporting MSCs treatment on Crohn's fistula were searched and included. A fixed-effects model was used to assess the efficacy of MSCs, and outcomes of healing and recurrence were used to evaluate the best states of MSCs intervention. Fourteen articles were enrolled (n = 477). Pooled analysis showed MSCs had a significant efficacy compared to other treatments [risk difference: 0.21 (0.09, 0.32), P = 0.000]. Notably, after MSCs treatment, the group of Crohn's disease activity index (CDAI) baseline >150 group had a higher healing rate (HR) and a clinical response (a change in CDAI of >50 points) (79.17 ± 8.78 vs. 47.54 ± 15.90, P = 0.011) compared to CDAI baseline of <150. The duration time of CD and fistulas had a negative correlation with HR accompanied by MSC therapy (r = -0.900, -0.925). Then, a moderate dose MSCs (2-4 × 10(7) cells/ml) had a higher HR (80.07%) and lower recurrence rate (RR 13.98%) compared to other dosages. Moreover, adipose-derived MSCs therapy had an advantage over bone marrow-derived MSCs in terms of low RR (7.4 ± 4.28 vs. 13.39 ± 0.89). The evidence supported the effect of MSCs at a more appropriate time of Crohn's fistula. And CDAI baseline (the points >150) has been a candidate for evaluating effectiveness of MSCs application on Crohn's fistula.

  17. A Minimally Invasive Approach for Postoperative Pancreatic Fistula

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    Yamazaki, Shintaro Kuramoto, Kenmei; Itoh, Yutaka; Watanabe, Yoshika; Ueda, Toshisada

    2003-11-15

    Pancreas fistula is a well-known and severe complication of pancreaticoduodenectomy. It is difficult to control with conservative therapy, inducing further complications and severe morbidity. Until now, re-operation has been the only way to resolve pancreatic fistula causing complete dehiscence of the pancreatic-enteric anastomosis (complete pancreatic fistula). Percutaneous transgastric fistula drainage is one of the treatments for pancreatic fistula. This procedure allows both pancreas juice drainage and anastomosis re-construction at the same time. This is effective and minimally invasive but difficult to adapt to a long or complicated fistula. In particular, dilatation of the main pancreatic duct is indispensable. This paper reports the successful resolution of a postoperative pancreatic fistula by a two-way-approach percutaneous transgastric fistula drainage procedure. Using a snare catheter from the fistula and a flexible guidewire from the transgastric puncture needle, it can be performed either with or without main pancreatic duct dilatation.

  18. Recurrent Pericarditis.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Gribaudo, Elena; Gaita, Fiorenzo

    Recurrent pericarditis is the most common and troublesome complication of pericarditis affecting 20% to 50% of patients. Its pathogenesis is often presumed to be immune-mediated, but additional investigations are needed to clarify the pathogenesis in order to develop etiology-oriented therapies. Imaging with computed tomography and especially cardiac magnetic resonance holds promise to help in the identification of more difficult cases and improve their management. Refractory recurrent pericarditis with corticosteroid dependence and colchicine resistance remain still an unsolved issue in search of new therapies, although old drugs such as azathioprine, intravenous immunoglobulins, and biological agents seem promising, but new randomized clinical trials are needed to confirm their role. Despite compromising the quality of life, idiopathic recurrent pericarditis has an overall good long-term outcome without mortality and significant risk of constrictive pericarditis evolution. The risk of constriction, the most feared complication, is related to the etiology and not the number of recurrences. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Experimental porcine model of complex fistula-in-ano

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    A Ba-Bai-Ke-Re, Ma-Mu-Ti-Jiang; Chen, Hui; Liu, Xue; Wang, Yun-Hai

    2017-01-01

    AIM To establish and evaluate an experimental porcine model of fistula-in-ano. METHODS Twelve healthy pigs were randomly divided into two groups. Under general anesthesia, the experimental group underwent rubber band ligation surgery, and the control group underwent an artificial damage technique. Clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and histopathological evaluation were performed on the 38th d and 48th d after surgery in both groups, respectively. RESULTS There were no significant differences between the experimental group and the control group in general characteristics such as body weight, gender, and the number of fistula (P > 0.05). In the experimental group, 15 fistulas were confirmed clinically, 13 complex fistulas were confirmed by MRI, and 11 complex fistulas were confirmed by histopathology. The success rate in the porcine complex fistula model establishment was 83.33%. Among the 18 fistulas in the control group, 5 fistulas were confirmed clinically, 4 complex fistulas were confirmed by MRI, and 3 fistulas were confirmed by histopathology. The success rate in the porcine fistula model establishment was 27.78%. Thus, the success rate of the rubber band ligation group was significantly higher than the control group (P < 0.05). CONCLUSION Rubber band ligation is a stable and reliable method to establish complex fistula-in-ano models. Large animal models of complex anal fistulas can be used for the diagnosis and treatment of anal fistulas. PMID:28348488

  20. Long-term results in direct carotid-cavernous fistulas after treatment with detachable balloons.

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    Lewis, A I; Tomsick, T A; Tew, J M; Lawless, M A

    1996-03-01

    Transarterial embolization of direct carotid-cavernous fistulas (CCFs) using detachable balloons is the best initial option for occlusion of the fistula and preservation of the internal carotid artery. However, the long-term safety and efficacy of this treatment is unknown. The authors reviewed the long-term outcome of 87 patients with 88 direct CCFs occluded by detachable balloons. Clinical follow up was obtained in 48 (83%) of 58 patients treated with latex balloons (mean follow-up period 10 years, range 5.9-15.5 years) and 28 (97%) of 29 patients treated with silicone balloons (mean follow-up period 4 years, range 1-6.6 years). Two patients were treated with both balloon types. There were no late recurrent symptoms of cranial bruit, proptosis, chemosis, or arterialized conjunctiva in patients treated with either latex or silicone balloons. Diplopia improved in all patients; however, five patients required shortening of the lateral rectus muscle. Delayed ischemia occurred in three patients: one patient had a transient ischemic episode 5 years after treatment with latex balloons and two patients (85 and 90 years old) who had ruptured spontaneous intracavernous aneurysms suffered cerebral infarctions 6 weeks and 4 months, respectively, after treatment with silicone balloons. There were five deaths in the series unrelated to balloon treatment. These results show that after transarterial embolization of direct CCFs using either silicone or latex detachable balloons, the long-term risks are low for fistula recurrence, symptomatic foreign body reaction, symptomatic pseudoaneurysm formation, and cerebral ischemia.

  1. Endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic fistulas.

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    Léobon, Bertrand; Roux, Daniel; Mugniot, Antoine; Rousseau, Hervé; Cérene, Alain; Glock, Yves; Fournial, Gérard

    2002-07-01

    Aortoesophageal and aortobronchial fistulas constitute a problem in therapy because of the high rates of morbidity and mortality associated with operation. From May 1996 to March 2000, we treated by an endovascular procedure one aortoesophageal and three aortobronchial fistulas. There was no postoperative death. We noted one peripheral vascular complication that required a surgical procedure, one postoperative confusion, and one inflammatory syndrome. In one case, because of a persistent leakage after 21 months, we had to implant a second endovascular stent graft. A few weeks later the reopening of this patient's esophageal fistula led to his death by mediastinitis 25 months after the first procedure. The few cases published seem to bear out the interest, observed in our 4 patients, of an endovascular approach to treat complex lesions such as fistulas of the thoracic aorta especially in emergency or palliative cases.

  2. [Treatment of enteric fistula in open abdomen].

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    Evenson, R A; Fischer, J E

    2006-07-01

    Formation of enteric fistulas frequently complicates the open abdomen in patients who have sustained traumatic injury. The post-traumatic subset of patients with enterocutaneous fistula enjoy better than average recovery. To optimize this recovery, a systematic management approach is required. Patients must first be stabilized with nutritional support, control of sepsis, and special wound management systems to prevent further deterioration of the abdominal wall. Investigation of the origin, course, and characteristics of the fistula provides information about its likelihood to close without operation. Definitive operative therapy may be necessary to resolve the fistula and close the abdominal wall. Finally, healing support includes nutritional support and physical and occupational therapies to restore patients to pre-injury states.

  3. Conservative management of a transdiaphragmatic fistula

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    Gee, I; Wood, G

    2000-01-01

    Case reports of transdiaphragmatic fistulas connecting subphrenic collections and empyemas are uncommon. We report the rare complication of a fistulous connection between a subphrenic collection and the bronchial tree.

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  4. Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis with bilateral nephrocutaneous fistulae.

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    Biyani, C S; Torella, F; Cornford, P A; Brough, S J

    1997-01-01

    This case report describes a patient with bilateral nephrocutaneous fistulae and xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis. Contralateral involvement of the psoas muscle is a rare occurrence and has not been previously documented.

  5. Gastropleural Fistula with Aortic Intramural Involvement

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    Gupta, Akshya; Chaturvedi, Abhishek; Fultz, Patrick; Hobbs, Susan

    2017-01-01

    Gastropleural fistula is a relatively rare complication that can be seen as a result of traumatic, nontraumatic, benign, and neoplastic etiologies. Most commonly, these are found in patients with diaphragmatic herniation or prior thoracic surgery. Aortoenteric fistulas are rare communications typically between the abdominal aorta and bowel. We present a rare case of an 88-year-old male who developed a gastropleural fistula with erosions into the wall of the descending thoracic aorta. Computed tomography (CT) is a leading modality in evaluation of suspected gastropleural or aortoenteric fistulas given the quick scan time and widespread availability. Prompt diagnosis is essential and requires an understanding of appropriate CT protocols and CT imaging appearance. PMID:28299235

  6. Evolution from open surgical to endovascular treatment of ureteral-iliac artery fistula

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    Malgor, Rafael D.; Oderich, Gustavo S.; Andrews, James C.; McKusick, Michael; Kalra, Manju; Misra, Sanjay; Gloviczki, Peter; Bower, Thomas C.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To review the indications and results of open surgical and endovascular treatment for ureteral-iliac artery fistula (UIAF). Methods We reviewed the clinical data of 20 consecutive patients treated for 21 UIAFs between 1996 and 2010. Since 2004, iliac artery stent grafts were the primary treatment except for complex fistulas with enteric contamination or abscess. Endpoints were early morbidity and mortality, patient survival, vessel or graft patency, freedom from vascular or stent graft/graft infection, and freedom from recurrent bleeding. Results There were 20 patients, 15 females, and five males, with mean age of 63 ± 13 years. Predisposing factors for UIAF were prior tumor resection in 18 patients, radiation in 15, ureteral stents in 15, ileal conduits in four, and ileofemoral grafts in three. All patients presented with hematuria, which was massive in 10. Treatment included iliac stent grafts in 11 patients/12 fistulas (55%), with internal iliac artery (IAA) exclusion in nine, femoral crossover graft with IAA exclusion in five, direct arterial repair in three, and ureteral exclusion with percutaneous nephrostomy and no arterial repair in one. There were no early deaths. Five of eight patients treated by open surgical repair developed complications, which included enterocutaneous fistula in three and superficial wound infection in two. Four patients (36%) treated by iliac stent grafts had complications, including pneumonia, non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, buttock claudication, and early stent occlusion in one each. After a median follow-up of 26 months, no one had recurrent massive hematuria, but minor bleeding was reported in three. Patient survival at 5 years was 42% compared with 93% for the general population (P < .001). Freedom from any recurrent bleeding at 3 years was 76%. In the stent graft group, primary and secondary patency rates and freedom from stent graft infection at 3 years were 81%, 92%, and 100%. Conclusions UIAF is a

  7. Association between parity and fistula location in women with obstetric fistula: a multivariate regression analysis.

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    Sih, A M; Kopp, D M; Tang, J H; Rosenberg, N E; Chipungu, E; Harfouche, M; Moyo, M; Mwale, M; Wilkinson, J P

    2016-04-01

    To compare primiparous and multiparous women who develop obstetric fistula (OF) and to assess predictors of fistula location. Cross-sectional study. Fistula Care Centre at Bwaila Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi. Women with OF who presented between September 2011 and July 2014 with a complete obstetric history were eligible for the study. Women with OF were surveyed for their obstetric history. Women were classified as multiparous if prior vaginal or caesarean delivery was reported. The location of the fistula was determined at operation: OF involving the urethra, bladder neck, and midvagina were classified as low; OF involving the vaginal apex, cervix, uterus, and ureters were classified as high. Demographic information was compared between primiparous and multiparous women using chi-squared and Mann-Whitney U-tests. Multivariate logistic regression models were implemented to assess the relationship between variables of interest and fistula location. During the study period, 533 women presented for repair, of which 452 (84.8%) were included in the analysis. The majority (56.6%) were multiparous when the fistula formed. Multiparous women were more likely to have laboured <1 day (62.4 versus 44.5%, P < 0.001), delivered a live-born infant (26.8 versus 17.9%, P = 0.026), and have a high fistula location (37.5 versus 11.2%, P < 0.001). Multiparity [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) = 4.55, 95% confidence interval (CI) 2.27-9.12)] and history of caesarean delivery (aOR = 4.11, 95% CI 2.45-6.89) were associated with development of a high fistula. Multiparity was common in our cohort, and these women were more likely to have a high fistula. Additional research is needed to understand the aetiology of high fistula including potential iatrogenic causes. Multiparity and caesarean delivery were associated with a high tract fistula in our Malawian cohort. © 2016 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

  8. The ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract procedure for anal fistula: a mixed bag of results.

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    Sirany, Anne-Marie E; Nygaard, Rachel M; Morken, Jeffrey J

    2015-06-01

    The ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract procedure, a sphincter-preserving technique, aims to obtain complete, durable healing, while preserving fecal continence in the treatment of transsphincteric anal fistulas. This was a systematic review to evaluate the outcomes of the originally described (classic) ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract procedure and the identified technical variations of the procedure. PubMed, Web of Science, and the archive of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum were searched with the terms "ligation of intersphincteric fistula" and "ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract." Original, English-language studies reporting the primary healing rate for each technical variation of the ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract procedure were included. Studies were excluded when the technique used was unclear or when primary healing rate was reported in a pooled manner including outcomes from multiple technical variations of the ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract procedure. Outcomes associated with all of the technical variations of the ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract procedure were investigated. The main outcome measured was primary healing rate. Secondary outcome measures included time to healing, changes in continence, and risk factors for failure. In all, 26 studies met criteria for review, including 1 randomized controlled trial and 25 cohort/case series. Seven technical variations of the ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract procedure were identified and classified according to the surgical technique. Primary healing rates ranged from 47% to 95%. The levels of evidence available in the published works are relatively low, as indicated by the Oxford Center for Evidence-Based Medicine evidence levels. The ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract procedure is a promising treatment option for transsphincteric fistulas, with reasonable success rates and minimal impact on continence. The

  9. Prospective multicenter study of a synthetic bioabsorbable anal fistula plug to treat cryptoglandular transsphincteric anal fistulas.

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    Stamos, Michael J; Snyder, Michael; Robb, Bruce W; Ky, Alex; Singer, Marc; Stewart, David B; Sonoda, Toyooki; Abcarian, Herand

    2015-03-01

    Although interest in sphincter-sparing treatments for anal fistulas is increasing, few large prospective studies of these approaches have been conducted. The study assessed outcomes after implantation of a synthetic bioabsorbable anal fistula plug. A prospective, multicenter investigation was performed. The study was conducted at 11 colon and rectal centers. Ninety-three patients (71 men; mean age, 47 years) with complex cryptoglandular transsphincteric anal fistulas were enrolled. Exclusion criteria included Crohn's disease, an active infection, a multitract fistula, and an immunocompromised status. Draining setons were used at the surgeon's discretion. Patients had follow-up evaluations at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. The primary end point was healing of the fistula, defined as drainage cessation plus closure of the external opening, at 6 and 12 months. Secondary end points were fecal continence, duration of drainage from the fistula, pain, and adverse events during follow-up. Thirteen patients were lost to follow-up and 21 were withdrawn, primarily to undergo an alternative treatment. The fistula healing rates at 6 and 12 months were 41% (95% CI, 30%-52%; total n = 74) and 49% (95% CI, 38%-61%; total n = 73). Half the patients in whom a previous treatment failed had healing. By 6 months, the mean Wexner score had improved significantly (p = 0.0003). By 12 months, 93% of patients had no or minimal pain. Adverse events included 11 infections/abscesses, 2 new fistulas, and 8 total and 5 partial plug extrusions. The fistula healed in 3 patients with a partial extrusion. The study was nonrandomized and had relatively high rates of loss to follow-up. Implantation of a synthetic bioabsorbable fistula plug is a reasonably efficacious treatment for complex transsphincteric anal fistulas, especially given the simplicity and low morbidity of the procedure.

  10. Reliable management of post-esophagectomy anastomotic fistula with endoscopic trans-fistula negative pressure drainage

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    2014-01-01

    Background A gastroesophageal anastomotic fistula remains a potentially life-threatening post-esophagectomy complication. To promote fistula closure, we developed a modified endoscopic method of trans-fistula drainage with persistent negative pressure. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy of this endoscopic therapy. Methods Between June and November 2013, five male patients with post-surgical esophageal leakages who had undergone trans-fistula drainage therapy were treated with the modified endoscopic trans-fistula negative pressure drainage (E-TNPD) method. We placed a nasogastric silicone tube into the paraesophageal cavity through the fistula and accomplished drainage of the infected effusion with continuous negative pressure, resulting in shrinkage of the para-anastomotic cavity and eventual fistula closure. We withdrew the trans-fistula drainage when there were no signs of leakage, as confirmed by esophagography. Final closure was confirmed by esophagography before the patient was allowed to begin oral intake. Results E-TNPD was successful in all five patients. The median duration of drainage until tube removal was 34 days (range: 18 to 81 days). The duration for Cases 1 to 4 was 18 to 28 days. Case 5 suffered from multiple separate leaks at the anastomotic site and the gastric conduit. Complete restoration was achieved in 81 days for this patient. We found that in general, the earlier that trans-fistula drainage was established, the shorter the duration of hospitalization until complete defect closure. Conclusions E-TNPD provided reliable and convenient management of post-surgical gastroesophageal anastomotic fistula and esophageal perforation. This method promoted fistula closure and prevented unnecessary repeated endoscopic examinations, extra equipment and expense. PMID:25078091

  11. Comparison of survival of upper arm arteriovenous fistulas and grafts after failed forearm fistula.

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    Lee, Timmy; Barker, Jill; Allon, Michael

    2007-06-01

    Although arteriovenous fistulas are considered superior to grafts, it is unknown whether that is true in the subset of patients with a previous failed fistula. For investigation of this question, a prospective vascular access database was queried retrospectively to compare the outcomes of 59 fistulas and 51 grafts that were placed in the upper arm after primary failure of an initial forearm fistula. Primary access failure was higher for subsequent fistulas than for subsequent grafts (44 versus 20%; P = 0.006). Fistulas required more interventions than grafts before their successful use (0.42 versus 0.16 per patient; P = 0.04). The time to catheter-free dialysis was longer for fistulas than for grafts (131 versus 34 d; P < 0.0001) and was associated with more episodes of bacteremia before permanent access use (1.3 versus 0.4 per patient; P = 0.003). Cumulative survival (from placement to permanent failure) was higher for fistulas than for grafts when primary failures were excluded (hazard ratio 0.51; 95% confidence interval 0.27 to 0.94; P = 0.03), but similar when primary failures were included (hazard ratio 0.99; 95% confidence interval 0.61 to 1.62; P = 0.97). Fistulas required fewer interventions to maintain long-term patency for dialysis after maturation (0.73 versus 2.38 per year; P < 0.001). In conclusion, as compared with grafts, subsequent upper arm fistulas are associated with a higher primary failure rate, more interventions to achieve maturation, longer catheter dependence, and more frequent catheter-related bacteremia. However, once the access is usable for dialysis, fistulas have superior cumulative patency than do grafts and require fewer interventions to maintain patency.

  12. Ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract plus a bioprosthetic anal fistula plug (LIFT-Plug): a new technique for fistula-in-ano.

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    Han, J G; Yi, B Q; Wang, Z J; Zheng, Y; Cui, J J; Yu, X Q; Zhao, B C; Yang, X Q

    2013-05-01

    Ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract and reinforcement with a bioprosthetic graft are two recently reported procedures that have shown promise in the treatment of anal fistula. This study was undertaken to validate combining ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract plus bioprosthetic anal fistula plug and report our preliminary results and experience. Twenty-one patients with transsphincteric anal fistula were treated with ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract plus concurrent bioprosthetic plug of the anal fistula. We evaluated healing time, fistula closure rate and postoperative anal function according to the Wexner continence score. No mortality or major complications were observed. Median operative time was 20 (range 15-40) min. After a median follow-up of 14 (range 12-15) months, the overall success rate was 95% (20/21), with a median healing time of 2 (range 2-3) weeks for external anal fistula opening and 4 (range 3-7) weeks for intersphincteric groove incision. Only 1 (5%) patient reported rare incontinence for gas postoperatively (Wexner score 1). Ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract plus a bioprosthetic anal fistula plug is an easy, safe, effective and useful alternative in the management of anal fistula. Further randomized controlled studies are necessary to better evaluate long-term results. © 2012 The Authors. Colorectal Disease © 2012 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  13. Role of Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy in the Management of Submandibular Fistula After Reconstruction for Osteoradionecrosis.

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    Zhang, Da-Ming; Yang, Zhao-Hui; Zhuang, Pei-Lin; Wang, You-Yuan; Chen, Wei-Liang; Zhang, Bin

    2016-02-01

    Although negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) for complicated wounds has been extensively studied, it is rarely used in cases involving a submandibular fistula due to radiation-induced osteoradionecrosis of the mandible. This study aimed to investigate the efficacy of NPWT for submandibular fistulas after reconstruction for osteoradionecrosis. Nine patients with submandibular fistulas after reconstruction for osteoradionecrosis treated with NPWT between 2011 and 2014 were included in the study. The wound healing was documented. The NPWT device was removed postoperatively between days 7 and 12 (mean duration, 9.6 days). The wound bed was filled with healthy granulation tissue, and successful healing by second intention was observed in all patients within 2 weeks. No complications were observed. The follow-up ranged from 4 to 27 months (mean, 18 months); the fistulas exhibited excellent healing, and no recurrence or infection was observed. NPWT is a safe, effective technique for managing submandibular fistulas after reconstruction for osteoradionecrosis. Copyright © 2016 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Healthcare providers' perspectives on the social reintegration of patients after surgical fistula repair in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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    Young-Lin, Nichole; Namugunga, Esperance N; Lussy, Justin P; Benfield, Nerys

    2015-08-01

    To understand perspectives of local health providers on the social reintegration of patients who have undergone fistula repair in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In a qualitative study, semi-structured individual interviews were conducted with patient-care professionals working with women with fistula at HEAL Africa Hospital (Goma) and Panzi Hospital (Bukavu) between June and August 2011. The interviews were transcribed and themes elicited through manual coding. Overall, 41 interviews were conducted. Successful surgical repair was reported to be the most important factor contributing to patients' ability to lead a normal life by all providers. Family acceptance-especially from the husband-was deemed crucial for reintegration by 39 (95%) providers, and 29 (71%) believed this acceptance was more important than the ability to work. Forty (98%) providers felt that, on the basis of African values, future childbearing was key for family acceptance. Because of poor access and the high cost of cesarean deliveries, 28 (68%) providers were concerned about fistula recurrence. Providers view postsurgical childbearing as crucial for social reintegration after fistula repair. However, cesarean deliveries are costly and often inaccessible. More work is needed to improve reproductive health access for women after fistula repair. Copyright © 2015 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Simultaneously Diagnosed and Successfully Treated Rectovaginal and Vesicovaginal Fistulae after Low Anterior Resection with Concomitant Resection of Female Genitalia

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    Takagi, Chisato; Baba, Hideo; Yamafuji, Kazuo; Asami, Atsunori; Takeshima, Kaoru; Okamoto, Nobuhiko; Takahashi, Hidena; Kubochi, Kiyoshi

    2017-01-01

    Rectovaginal fistula (RVF) and vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) are infrequent but distressing complications after pelvic surgery. However, their adequate treatment is not well described. Here, we simultaneously encountered and successfully treated RVF and VVF after radical surgery for rectal cancer. A 70-year-old woman underwent low anterior resection (LAR) combined with resection of the uterus, the bilateral adnexa, and the upper side of the vagina, as well as diverted ileostomy for rectal cancer. A month after the surgery, she developed urinary incontinence and underwent medical treatment, but her symptoms did not improve. Evaluation with contrast enema before stoma closure revealed the presence of RVF and VVF. We repaired the VVF and RVF via transabdominal and transperineal approaches. After 6 months, ileostomy was closed and the patient had no recurrence of cancer and fistula. In LAR with hysterectomy and resection of the vaginal wall, there is a risk of RVF and VVF. The excision and closure of the fistula tract and omental flap can be effective to treat both fistulae. PMID:28203133

  16. Fistula detection in cerebrospinal fluid leakage1

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    Allen, Marshall B.; Gammal, Taher el; Ihnen, Menard; Cowan, Morgan A.

    1972-01-01

    In two cases of cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhoea in which scinticisternography failed to identify the fistulae, the tracts were demonstrated by positive contrast ventriculography. It is postulated that the fistula communicated with the ventricles but was isolated from the subarachnoid space by adhesions (demonstrated at operation in one case). There was `high pressure rhinorrhoea' in one case. The rhinorrhoea ceased after insertion of ventriculoatrial shunt. Images PMID:4538888

  17. New Approaches to Arteriovenous Fistula Creation.

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    Rajan, Dheeraj K

    2016-03-01

    An autogenous arteriovenous fistula is considered the ideal access for hemodialysis delivery. However, surgical creation of an arteriovenous fistula is associated with less than optimal technical success, and multiple interventions are often required to assist maturation or maintain early patency. Given these shortcomings, multiple new approaches are now under investigation that possibly improve on surgical techniques and/or outcomes. Minimally invasive methods of creation with novel devices are under investigation, with preliminary published results available.

  18. Hemodynamic Simulations in Dialysis Access Fistulae

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    McGah, Patrick; Leotta, Daniel; Beach, Kirk; Riley, James; Aliseda, Alberto

    2010-11-01

    Arteriovenous fistulae are created surgically to provide adequate access for dialysis in patients with End-Stage Renal Disease. It has long been hypothesized that the hemodynamic and mechanical forces (such as wall shear stress, wall stretch, or flow- induced wall vibrations) constitute the primary external influence on the remodeling process. Given that nearly 50% of fistulae fail after one year, understanding fistulae hemodynamics is an important step toward improving patency in the clinic. We perform numerical simulations of the flow in patient-specific models of AV fistulae reconstructed from 3D ultrasound scans with physiologically-realistic boundary conditions also obtained from Doppler ultrasound. Comparison of the flow features in different geometries and configurations e.g. end-to-side vs. side-to-side, with the in vivo longitudinal outcomes will allow us to hypothesize which flow conditions are conducive to fistulae success or failure. The flow inertia and pulsatility in the simulations (mean Re 700, max Re 2000, Wo 4) give rise to complex secondary flows and coherent vortices, further complicating the spatio- temporal variability of the wall pressure and shear stresses. Even in mature fistulae, the anastomotic regions are subjected to non-physiological shear stresses (>10.12pcPa) which may potentially lead to complications.

  19. Anorectal conditions: anal fissure and anorectal fistula.

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    Fox, Audralan; Tietze, Pamela H; Ramakrishnan, Kalyanakrishnan

    2014-04-01

    Anal fissures are linear splits in the anal mucosa. Acute fissures typically resolve within a few weeks; chronic fissures persist longer than 8 to 12 weeks. Most fissures are posterior and midline and are related to constipation or anal trauma. Painful defecation and rectal bleeding are common symptoms. The diagnosis typically is clinical. High-fiber diet, stool softeners, and medicated ointments relieve symptoms and speed healing of acute fissures but offer limited benefit in chronic fissures. Lateral internal sphincterotomy is the surgical management of choice for chronic and refractory acute fissures. Anorectal fistula is an abnormal tract connecting the anorectal mucosa to the exterior skin. Fistulas typically develop after rupture or drainage of a perianal abscess. Fistulas are classified as simple or complex; low or high; and intersphincteric, transsphincteric, suprasphincteric, or extrasphincteric. Inspection of the perianal area identifies the skin opening, and anoscopy visualizes internal openings. The goal of management is to obliterate the tract and openings with negligible sphincter disruption to minimize incontinence. Fistulotomy is effective for simple fistulas; patients with complex fistulas may require fistulectomy. Other procedures that are used include injection of fibrin glue or insertion of a bioprosthetic plug into the fistula opening.

  20. Congenital lacrimal fistula: A major review.

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    Chaung, Jia Quan; Sundar, Gangadhara; Ali, Mohammad Javed

    2016-08-01

    The purpose of this article is to review and summarize the etiopathogenesis, symptomatology, systemic associations, management, complications and clinical outcomes of congenital lacrimal fistulae. The authors performed an electronic database (PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane Library) search of all articles published in English on congenital lacrimal fistulae. Congenital subsets of patients from series of mixed lacrimal fistulae were included in the review. These articles were reviewed along with their relevant cross-references. Data reviewed included demographics, presentations, investigations, management, complications and outcomes. The prevalence of congenital lacrimal fistulae is reported to be around 1 in 2000 live births. They are frequently unilateral, although familial cases tend to be bilateral. Lacrimal and systemic anomalies have been associated with lacrimal fistulae. Exact etiopathogenesis is unknown but mostly believed to be an accessory out budding from the lacrimal drainage system during embryogenesis. Treatment is indicated when significant epiphora or discharge is present and is mostly achieved by various fistulectomy techniques with or without a dacryocystorhinostomy. Congenital lacrimal fistulae are a distinct clinical entity with unique features. Surgical management can be challenging and successful outcomes are usually achieved with widely accepted protocols.

  1. [Repair of palatal fistulae in cleft patients].

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    Bénateau, H; Traoré, H; Gilliot, B; Taupin, A; Ory, L; Guillou Jamard, M-R; Labbé, D; Compère, J-F

    2011-06-01

    Treatment of oronasal fistulae in cleft patients remains a surgical challenge because of its high failure rate. The authors report the results of an aggressive surgical technique using the total elevation of palatal mucoperiosteum, even for small fistulae. This approach was used on twelve consecutive patients, from five to 33 years of age, presenting with a Pittsburgh classification type IV palatal fistulae. The surgical procedure was total elevation of the hard palate mucoperiosteum starting from the dental sulcus combined with sealed double layer sutures. Clinical and photographical control was made at least 6 months after to detect a possible relapse. The success rate was 100%. No relapsing fistula was observed with follow-up ranging from 6 to 36 months. This technique allows wide exposure and safe closure of the nasal layer. It is simple and leaves no raw bone surface exposed and no additional scar. The authors think it can be used in all type IV fistulae less than 1cm wide. Several other surgical techniques have been described to close palatal fistulae: local turnover flaps, pedicled flaps from adjacent oral tissue, tongue flaps, tissue expansion, and even free flaps. Obturator prostheses have also been used. The technique we report, even if more aggressive, seems to be more reliable with fewer relapse and sequelae. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  2. First-Pass Contrast-Enhanced MR Angiography in Evaluation of Treated Spinal Arteriovenous Fistulas: Is Catheter Angiography Necessary?

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    Mathur, S; Symons, S P; Huynh, T J; Marotta, T R; Aviv, R I; Bharatha, A

    2017-01-01

    Catheter angiography is typically used for follow-up of treated spinal AVFs. The purpose of this study was to determine the diagnostic performance and utility of first-pass contrast-enhanced MRA in the posttreatment evaluation of spinal AVFs compared with DSA. A retrospective review was performed of all patients at our tertiary referral hospital (from January 2000 to April 2015) who underwent spine MR imaging, first-pass contrast-enhanced MRA, and DSA after surgical and/or endovascular treatment of a spinal AVF. Presence of recurrent or residual fistula on MRA, including vertebral level of the recurrent/residual fistula, was evaluated by 2 experienced neuroradiologists blinded to DSA findings. Posttreatment conventional MR imaging findings were also evaluated, including presence of intramedullary T2 hyperintensity, perimedullary serpentine flow voids, and cord enhancement. The performance of MRA and MR imaging findings for diagnosis of recurrent/residual fistula was determined by using DSA as the criterion standard. In total, 28 posttreatment paired MR imaging/MRA and DSA studies were evaluated in 22 patients with prior spinal AVF and 1 patient with intracranial AVF with prior cervical perimedullary venous drainage. Six image sets of 5 patients demonstrated recurrent/residual disease at DSA. MRA correctly identified all cases with recurrent/residual disease with 1 false-positive (sensitivity, 100%; specificity 95%; P < .001), with correct localization in all cases without interobserver disagreement. Conventional MR imaging parameters were not significantly associated with recurrent/residual spinal AVF. First-pass MRA demonstrates high sensitivity and specificity for identifying recurrent/residual spinal AVFs and may potentially substitute for DSA in the posttreatment follow-up of patients with spinal AVFs. © 2017 by American Journal of Neuroradiology.

  3. Recurrent Hemarthrosis due to Iatrogenic AVF Treated With Onyx Embolization.

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    Koleilat, Issam; Phair, John

    2017-07-01

    A 78-year-old gentleman presented with recurrent symptomatic hemarthrosis after total knee arthroplasty. His workup revealed an iatrogenic arteriovenous fistula (iAVF). The iAVF was embolized with the Onyx Liquid Embolization System with resolution of his symptoms up to 10 months of follow-up. This is the first description to our knowledge of an iatrogenic hemarthrosis after total knee arthroplasty successfully treated with Onyx solution embolization.

  4. A refractory duodenal ulcer with a biliary-duodenal fistula following the administration of bevacizumab.

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    Horibe, Yohei; Adachi, Seiji; Okuno, Mitsuru; Ohno, Tomohiko; Goto, Naoe; Iwama, Midori; Yamauchi, Osamu; Saito, Koshiro; Yasuda, Ichiro; Shimizu, Masahito

    2016-07-01

    A 65-year-old woman with recurrent breast cancer was repeatedly treated with bevacizumab, an anti-VEGF antibody. In addition, she was also frequently prescribed a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug for abdominal pain. Melena was revealed 2 months after the final treatment with bevacizumab, and an endoscopic study revealed a duodenal ulcer (DU) that was resistant to anti-ulcer therapy. A cholangiography identified a biliary-duodenal fistula with bile juice leaking from the ulcer base. Therefore, a biliary stent was placed into the common bile duct for 3 months until the DU healed. This is the first case of a refractory DU with a biliary-duodenal fistula in a patient treated with bevacizumab.

  5. Gastrocolic fistula as a cause of persistent diarrhea in a patient with a gastrostomy tube.

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    Joo, Young Jin; Koo, Jung Hoi; Song, Sun Hong

    2010-11-01

    A 60-year-old man with a history of recurrent strokes secondary to moyamoya disease underwent insertion of a percutaneous radiologic gastrostomy tube because of severe dysphagia. Feeding was continued for 5 months after the procedure without complications. Persistent diarrhea began 2 weeks after admission for comprehensive rehabilitation. Conservative treatment was not effective. Sigmoidoscopy showed a U-shaped tube suggestive of a gastrocolic fistula in the transverse colon. This was confirmed by means of a tubogram obtained through a gastrostomy tube. The diarrhea resolved after changing the gastrostomy tube. This case report highlights the importance of considering other uncommon conditions, such as a gastrocolic fistula, in the differential diagnosis of persistent diarrhea in a patient with a gastrostomy tube.

  6. Tentorial dural arteriovenous fistula manifesting as contralateral trigeminal neuralgia: resolution after transarterial Onyx embolization

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    Lu, Xiaojian; Qin, Xuanfeng; Ni, Lanchun; Chen, Jian; Xu, Feng

    2013-01-01

    Tentorial dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) as a cause of trigeminal neuralgia is extremely rare. Although less than 10 cases have been reported in the literature, all cases presented with ipsilateral trigeminal neuralgia. Here we report a unique case of tentorial DAVF manifesting as contralateral trigeminal neuralgia. A 58-year-old man presented with right-sided trigeminal neuralgia. Cerebral angiography revealed a left tentorial DAVF and the MR imaging demonstrated a variceal venous dilatation occupying the left lateral pontine cistern and multiple venous flow voids adjacent to the right trigeminal nerve root entry zone. Transarterial Onyx embolization resulted in near complete obliteration of the fistula with immediate resolution of facial pain. The patient remains symptom free and without evidence of recurrence during 9 months of follow-up. Transarterial Onyx embolization may be an effective treatment modality for such an usual case. PMID:24285803

  7. VAAFT: Video Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment; Bringing revolution in Fistula treatment

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    Zarin, Mohammad; Khan, Muhammad Imran; Ahmad, Mukhtar; Ibrahim, Muhammad; Khan, Muhammad Asim

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To share our findings that the new treatment modality Video Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment (VAAFT) is a better alternate to the conventional treatments of Fistula in Ano in our setup with minor changes in the initial method described by Meinero. Methods: Karl Storz Video equipment including Meinero Fistuloscope was used. Key steps are visualization of the fistula tract, correct localization of the internal fistula opening under direct vision and endoscopic treatment of the fistula. This is followed by an operative phase of fulguration of the fistula tract using glycine solution mixed with manitol, curetting the tract with curette and fistula brush. Internal opening is closed with a Vicryl 1 suture. Result: Total of 40 patients were operated using VAAFT from October 2013 to March 2014. Three were re-operated. The other 37 cases were followed up at 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. Primary healing took place in 20 (50%) cases at 6 weeks. In the remaining 17 (42.5%) cases, minor discharge occurred with itching which resolved till the next visit at 8 weeks and 12 weeks. Conclusion: As the main aim in treating fistula is proper identification of the internal opening, excision of the tract and sparing the sphincter function, VAAFT achieves all aims with additional benefits of patients’ satisfaction and negligible scaring. PMID:26649020

  8. Choledochoduodenal fistula in Mainland China: a review of epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis and management

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    Wu, Ming-Bing; Zhang, Wen-Feng; Zhang, Ying-Lin; Mu, Di

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Choledochoduodenal fistula (CDF) is an extremely rare condition even in the most populous nations. However, diagnostic tools are inadequate for the young surgeon to be made aware of such a rare condition before surgery. Hence, basic understanding of the epidemiology, etiology, and management for this unusual but discoverable condition are necessary and essential. Methods The exclusive case reports of CDF, which were published from 1983 to 2014 concerning mainland Chinese people, were performed to review the epidemiology, etiology, and management. Results A total of 728 cases were incorporated into this review among 48 papers. More than half of the CDF cases were female (416) with an average age of 57.3 years. CDF was usually caused by cholelithiasis (573 of 728). Epigastric pain (589 of 728) and cholangitis (395 of 728) were the most common symptoms of CDF. CDF was usually detected and confirmed by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) (475 of 728) in Mainland China. The fistulas larger than 1 cm (82 of 654) were recommended for surgical biliary reconstruction. Fistulas between 0.5 cm and 1.0 cm (467 of 654) which were followed frequently by cholangitis attacks also required surgery; the rest were recommended to have stone removal and/or the application of an effective biliary drainage. Fistulas less than 0.5 cm (105 of 654) were usually received conservative therapy. Conclusion CDF should be considered in differential diagnosis of recurrent epigastric pain and cholangitis. A possible ERCP should be arranged to investigate carefully. Depending on the size of fistula and clinical presentation, different programs for CDF are indicated, ranging from drug therapy to choledochojejunostomy. PMID:26576403

  9. Reduction of the closure time of postoperative enterocutaneous fistulas with fibrin sealant

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    Avalos-González, Jorge; Portilla-deBuen, Eliseo; Leal-Cortés, Caridad Aurea; Orozco-Mosqueda, Abel; del Carmen Estrada-Aguilar, María; Velázquez-Ramírez, Gabriela Abigail; Ambriz-González, Gabriela; Fuentes-Orozco, Clotilde; Guzmán-Gurrola, Aldo Emmerson; González-Ojeda, Alejandro

    2010-01-01

    AIM: To assess whether the use of fibrin sealant shortens the closure time of postoperative enterocutaneous fistulas (ECFs). METHODS: The prospective case-control study included 70 patients with postoperative ECFs with an output of < 500 mL/d, a fistulous tract of > 2 cm and without any local complication. They were divided into study (n = 23) and control groups (n = 47). Esophageal, gastric and colocutaneous fistulas were monitored under endoscopic visualization, which also allowed fibrin glue application directly through the external hole. Outcome variables included closure time, time to resume oral feeding and morbidity related to nutritional support. RESULTS: There were no differences in mean age, fistula output, and follow-up. Closure-time for all patients of the study group was 12.5 ± 14.2 d and 32.5 ± 17.9 d for the control group (P < 0.001), and morbidity related to nutritional support was 8.6% and 42.5%, respectively (P < 0.01). In patients with colonic fistulas, complete closure occurred 23.5 ± 19.5 d after the first application of fibrin glue, and spontaneous closure was observed after 36.2 ± 22.8 d in the control group (P = 0.36). Recurrences were observed in 2 patients because of residual disease. One patient of each group died during follow-up as a consequence of septic complications related to parenteral nutrition. CONCLUSION: Closure time was significantly reduced with the use of fibrin sealant, and oral feeding was resumed faster. We suggest the use of fibrin sealant for the management of stable enterocutaneous fistulas. PMID:20533600

  10. CT imaging with fistulography for perianal fistula: does it really help the surgeon?

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    Liang, Changhu; Jiang, Wanli; Zhao, Bin; Zhang, Yan; Du, Yinglin; Lu, Yongchao

    2013-01-01

    To prospectively evaluate the relative accuracy of computed tomography (CT) fistulography for preoperative assessment of fistula in ano. Ethical committee approval and informed consent were obtained. A total of 22 patients (15 male and 7 female, age 21-58 years) who were suspected of having fistula in ano underwent preoperative CT fistulography (CTF). The CT images of 0.6 mm were obtained respectively before and after fistulography; contrast-enhanced CT scan was also performed in 22 patients. CTF images were evaluated by two expert radiologists to assess the fistulas in the following respects: (a) the volume-rendered imaging; (b) the extensions of active inflammatory tissue; (c) the internal opening and external opening; (d) the hidden areas of tract or abscess; and (e) the deep abscess adjacent to fistula. CT findings in 18 patients were compared with surgical findings or exam under anesthesia. The CTF findings in 18 cases were basically in accordance with the surgical findings and/or examination findings under anesthesia. Both coronal and transverse planes were useful in assessing the location and direction of tracts or abscesses. Complicated spatial information within the perianal soft tissue about the fistula with secondary ramifications or abscesses can be easily demonstrated to the surgeons. Contrast-enhanced images were useful in assessing the inflammatory lesion activity and infiltrated area. CTF exquisitely depicts the perianal anatomy and shows the fistulous tracks with their associated ramifications, enables selection of the most appropriate surgical treatment, and therefore minimizes all chances of recurrence. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Successful internalization of a chronic biliary cutaneous fistula after liver transplantation: deepithelializing the fistula tract.

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    Morris, David; Ladizinsky, Daniel; Abouljoud, Marwan

    2007-04-01

    Biliary cutaneous fistulas are uncommon sequelae after biliary surgery and can be a source of significant morbidity. We describe a liver recipient who developed a biliary cutaneous fistula secondary to hepatic artery thrombosis; this subsequently drained for over 7 years. Through a novel approach, using the transabdominal fistula tract as a conduit, the fistula skin opening was deepithelialized and anastomosed to a jejunal loop, internally draining the tract. For over 7 years postoperatively, this internal drainage procedure has continued to function effectively. This approach may have value in internalizing longstanding biliary cutaneous fistulas in well-selected patients in whom there is no existing biliary ductal system or the existing system anatomically does not lend itself to restoration of functional internal drainage through conventional approaches.

  12. Thoracoscopic treatment of esophageal atresia with distal fistula and of tracheomalacia.

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    van der Zee, David C; Bax, Klaas N M A

    2007-11-01

    Single center experience with thoracoscopic repair of esophageal atresia with distal fistula and of tracheomalacia. Between May 2000 and December 2006, 51 neonates with an esophageal atresia were presented for thoracoscopic repair. Gestational age varied from 31 3/7 to 42 2/7 weeks (M = 37 2/7). Birth weight was between 1025 g and 4030 g (mean 2620 g). Concomitant anomalies or VACTERL association were encoutered in 31 patients (61%). Duration of the operation was from 90 minutes to 390 minutes (mean 178 minutes). All but 1 patient had an esophageal atresia with a distal fistula. Six patients had tracheomalacia requiring aortopexia, which was performed thoracoscopically. In 2 patients the thoracoscopic procedure had to be converted to a thoracotomy. All other patients underwent a successful thoracoscopic repair. One patient died in the postoperative period because of sepsis. A total of 22 patients (45%) developed a stenosis in the postoperative follow up (1 month-7y 7 month) requiring 1 to 18 dilatations (mean 1.5). Postoperative leakage occurred in 9 patients (18%). Recurrent fistula was encountered in 2 patients. A total of 11 patients (22%) underwent a laparoscopic antireflux procedure for either recurring stenosis (8) or ALTES (3). Six children (12%) underwent thoracoscopic aortopexy for tracheomalacia. In 2 children symptoms recurred for which a successful repeat thoracoscopic aortopexy was undertaken. The thoracoscopic approach to the treatment of esophageal atresia and tracheomalacia is becoming increasingly accepted. The cosmesis is undoubtedly better. The secundary effects like thoracic cage deformities, winged scapula, or scoliosis have not yet been described and are expected to be reduced in comparison to the open technique. Sequelae like leakage, stenosis, recurrent fistulae, and GERD and ALTES will probably remain the same. Whether thoracoscopic dissection has less detrimental effect on disturbed motility remains to be proven. Thoracoscopic aortopexy

  13. Onyx is associated with poor venous penetration in the treatment of spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas.

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    Blackburn, Spiros L; Kadkhodayan, Yasha; Ray, Wilson Z; Zipfel, Gregory J; Cross, DeWitte T; Moran, Christopher J; Derdeyn, Colin P

    2014-09-01

    The use of Onyx has become the mainstream for the treatment of cranial dural arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) and arteriovenous malformations, but the reported success for type I spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas (sDAVFs) remains limited. We review our experience with Onyx and report its limitations in the treatment of spinal AVFs. We retrospectively reviewed the Interventional Neuroradiology Procedure database at Washington University for cases of sDAVF embolization. Radiology reports were reviewed for fistula classification, treatment technique, and initial and follow-up results. Angiographic images were reviewed to confirm diagnosis, treatment, and penetration of embolisate into the draining vein. With the use of Onyx, sDAVFs were obliterated in six of seven patients at the time of treatment. Follow-up angiography confirmed sDAVF obliteration in two patients, and recurrence in two cases. Two patients had no follow-up. One patient not cured at the time of treatment was treated surgically. Of the nine total treatments, Onyx successfully crossed the nidus into the draining vein in only four cases. Successful venous embolization was facilitated with positioning of the microcatheter to less than 5 mm from the nidus in three of the four cases. The use of n-butyl cyanoacrylate (NBCA) resulted in venous penetration in eight of 10 cases, and short term follow-up cure in seven of 10 patients. Our experience with Onyx for type I sDAVF embolization has been tempered by difficulty in achieving venous penetration and, consequently, a high rate of recurrence. For management of these fistulas, we favor NBCA or surgical treatment. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  14. Association between parity and fistula location in Malawian women with obstetric fistula: a multivariate regression analysis

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    Sih, Allison M.; Kopp, Dawn M.; Tang, Jennifer H.; Rosenberg, Nora E.; Chipungu, Ennet; Harfouche, Melike; Moyo, Margaret; Mwale, Mwawi; Wilkinson, Jeffrey P.

    2016-01-01

    Objective To compare primiparous and multiparous women who develop obstetric fistula (OF) and to assess predictors of fistula location Design Cross-sectional study Setting Fistula Care Center at Bwaila Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi Population Women with OF who presented between September 2011 and July 2014 with a complete obstetric history were eligible for the study. Methods Women with OF were surveyed for their obstetric history. Women were classified as multiparous if prior vaginal or cesarean delivery was reported. Location of fistula was determined at operation. OF involving the urethra, bladder neck, and midvagina were classified as low; OF involving the vaginal apex, cervix, uterus, and ureters were classified as high. Main Outcome Measures Demographic information was compared between primiparous and multiparous women using Chi-squared and Mann-Whitney U tests. Multivariate logistic regression models were implemented to assess the relationship between variables of interest and fistula location. Results During the study period, 533 women presented for repair, of which 452 (84.8%) were included in the analysis. The majority (56.6%) were multiparous when the fistula formed. Multiparous women were more likely to have labored less than a day (62.4% vs 44.5%, p<0.001), delivered a live-born infant (26.8% vs 17.9%, p=0.026), and have a high fistula location (37.5% vs 11.2%, p<0.001). Multiparity (aOR=4.55, 95% CI 2.27–9.12) and history of cesarean delivery (aOR=4.11, 95% CI 2.45–6.89) were associated with development of a high fistula. Conclusions Multiparity was common in our cohort, and these women were more likely to have a high fistula. Additional research is needed to understand the etiology of high fistula including potential iatrogenic causes. PMID:26853525

  15. Biliodigestive fistulae and gallstone ileus: diagnostic and therapeutic considerations. Our experience.

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    Stagnitti, F; Tudisco, A; Ceci, F; Nicodemi, S; Orsini, S; Avallone, M; Di Girolamo, V; Stefanelli, F; De Angelis, Francesco; Di Grazia, C; Cipriani, B; Aiuti, F; Napoleoni, A; Mosillo, R; Corelli, S; Casciaro, G; Costantino, A; Martellucci, A; Spaziani, E

    2014-01-01

    The biliodigestive fistula is not a rare affection in the context of acute pathology of the gastrointestinal tract. It often affects patients between 63 and 85 years old , particularly the female sex, and the most common cause is acute or chronic cholecystolithiasis. Open issues are the delayed in the pre-operative diagnosis, and controversies exist regarding the best surgical approach. The choice of treatment options is influenced by the age of the patients and their clinical conditions and also by the presence of comorbidities and of a delayed right diagnosis. In the 1 to 3% of cases, the biliodigestive fistula presents a gallstone ileus as complication, whose diagnosis is particularly difficult for the lack of specific signs and symptoms. The contrast-enhanced CT is considered the gold standard for a specific pre-operative diagnosis, as it directly shows the fistula. Surgical treatments include one-stage procedure or two-stage procedure. Many studies seem to favor a deferred definitive procedure. The Authors describe 4 cases: in 3 cases, women between 70 and 80 years old presenting an history of recurrent cholecystitis, in 2 cases, and in 1 case presenting a bowel obstruction; in 1 case a 50-years-old man, with no significant past medical history, presenting a bowel obstruction. The Authors have performed in the 2 cases of gallstone ileus an enterolithotomy with cholecysto-duodenal fistula repair and cholecystectomy, in one-stage, and this has been possible because of the good clinical conditions of the patients and their low operative risk. In the case of fistula without the complication of gallstone ileus, the treatment approach has been cholecysto-gastric fistula closure with a gastroplastic using separate stitches and cholecystectomy, in one-stage. We are in agreement with data in the literature regarding the delay into the diagnosis of biliodigestive fistula and with the importance to suspect it or gallstone ileus presence, although the clinical

  16. Modified prosthesis for the treatment of malignant esophagotracheal fistula

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    Buess, G.; Schellong, H.; Kometz, B.; Gruessner, R.J.; Junginger, T.

    1988-04-15

    Esophagotracheal fistula is usually a sequela of irradiation or laser treatment of advanced carcinoma of the esophagus or the tracheobronchial tree. Resection of the tumor in these cases is not possible, and palliative bypass surgery is highly risky. The peroral placement of a prosthesis is less invasive, but conventional prostheses often fail to occlude the fistula. The authors regularly use an endoscopic multiple-diameter bougie for dilation. After dilation, a specially designed prosthesis is pushed through the tumor stenosis to block the fistula. This procedure can be done without general anesthesia. The funnels of conventional prostheses cannot cover the fistula when there is either a wide, proximal esophagus above the fistula or a high fistula. To cope with this particular situation, a special fistula funnel was developed. It perfectly occludes the fistulas in all patients. Of 21 patients, 19 were discharged without further aspiration.

  17. Post-Traumatic Arteriovenous Fistula of the Scalp

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    Lee, Hyun Koo; Hur, Jin Woo; Lee, Jong Won

    2015-01-01

    Arteriovenous fistula of the scalp is relatively rare disease. We report a traumatic arteriovenous fistula of the scalp treated with complete surgical excision and review the literature with regard to etiology, pathogenesis, and management of these unusual lesions. PMID:26539278

  18. Imaging diagnosis of dural and direct cavernous carotid fistulae*

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    dos Santos, Daniela; Monsignore, Lucas Moretti; Nakiri, Guilherme Seizem; Cruz, Antonio Augusto Velasco e; Colli, Benedicto Oscar; Abud, Daniel Giansante

    2014-01-01

    Arteriovenous fistulae of the cavernous sinus are rare and difficult to diagnose. They are classified into dural cavernous sinus fistulae or direct carotid-cavernous fistulae. Despite the similarity of symptoms between both types, a precise diagnosis is essential since the treatment is specific for each type of fistula. Imaging findings are remarkably similar in both dural cavernous sinus fistulae and carotid-cavernous fistulae, but it is possible to differentiate one type from the other. Amongst the available imaging methods (Doppler ultrasonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and digital subtraction angiography), angiography is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis and classification of cavernous sinus arteriovenous fistulae. The present essay is aimed at didactically presenting the classification and imaging findings of cavernous sinus arteriovenous fistulae. PMID:25741093

  19. Arteriovenous Fistulas and Their Characteristic Sites of Stenosis.

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    Quencer, Keith Bertram; Arici, Melih

    2015-10-01

    In the United States, more than 250,000 patients with end-stage renal disease are dialyzed through arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs). The three most common AVFs are the radiocephalic fistula, the brachiocephalic fistula, and the brachial artery-to-transposed basilic vein fistula. Although many potential access site stenoses can and do occur within any given fistula, each fistula has a characteristic site of stenosis. This article will discuss the characteristic site of stenosis for each type of fistula including the effects of stenosis at that site on fistula function, and their treatment. The characteristic sites of stenosis in AVFs used for dialysis share in common significant angulation, which likely causes stenosis by leading to turbulent flow and intimal injury. While balloon dilation is considered first-line therapy, further interventions such as stent placement or surgical revision are sometimes needed to treat these recalcitrant areas of stenosis.

  20. The mouse aortocaval fistula recapitulates human arteriovenous fistula maturation

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    Yamamoto, Kota; Protack, Clinton D.; Tsuneki, Masayuki; Hall, Michael R.; Wong, Daniel J.; Lu, Daniel Y.; Assi, Roland; Williams, Willis T.; Sadaghianloo, Nirvana; Bai, Hualong; Miyata, Tetsuro; Madri, Joseph A.

    2013-01-01

    Several models of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) have excellent patency and help in understanding the mechanisms of venous adaptation to the arterial environment. However, these models fail to exhibit either maturation failure or fail to develop stenoses, both of which are critical modes of AVF failure in human patients. We used high-resolution Doppler ultrasound to serially follow mice with AVFs created by direct 25-gauge needle puncture. By day 21, 75% of AVFs dilate, thicken, and increase flow, i.e., mature, and 25% fail due to immediate thrombosis or maturation failure. Mature AVF thicken due to increased amounts of smooth muscle cells. By day 42, 67% of mature AVFs remain patent, but 33% of AVFs fail due to perianastomotic thickening. These results show that the mouse aortocaval model has an easily detectable maturation phase in the first 21 days followed by a potential failure phase in the subsequent 21 days. This model is the first animal model of AVF to show a course that recapitulates aspects of human AVF matura