fistula

(redirected from bronchopleural fistula)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.
Related to bronchopleural fistula: pneumothorax

fistula

(fĭs`cho͝olə), abnormal, usually ulcerous channellike formation between two internal organs or between an internal organ and the skin. It may follow a surgical procedure with improper healing, or it may be caused by injury, abscess, or infection with penetration deep enough to reach another organ or the skin. When open at only one end it is called an incomplete fistula or sinus. The most common sites of fistula are the rectum and the urinary organs, but almost any part of the body may be affected. Rectal fistulas are often associated with colitis, cancercancer,
in medicine, common term for neoplasms, or tumors, that are malignant. Like benign tumors, malignant tumors do not respond to body mechanisms that limit cell growth.
..... Click the link for more information.
, sexually transmitted diseasessexually transmitted disease
(STD) or venereal disease,
term for infections acquired mainly through sexual contact. Five diseases were traditionally known as venereal diseases: gonorrhea, syphilis, and the less common granuloma inguinale, lymphogranuloma venereum, and
..... Click the link for more information.
, and other disorders. Usually a fistula requires surgery. In horses an abscess on the withers from chafing and infection is termed a fistula.

Fistula

 

an abnormal passage between hollow organs or between an organ, body cavity, or focus of disease and the body surface. Usually in the form of a narrow canal lined with epithelium or granulations, it continuously discharges pus, mucus, bile, urine, or feces.

Congenital fistulas, for example, umbilical fistulas, are developmental anomalies. Acquired fistulas result from such chronic inflammations as osteomyelitis, from tumors, or from injuries. Fistulas are usually treated by surgery.

It is sometimes necessary to create artificial fistulas surgically. They may connect hollow organs, in which case they are called internal fistulas, or anastomoses. An example is gastroenteroanastomosis in cicatricial stenosis of the outlet of the stomach.

Gastrostomy is the establishment of an external fistula, or stoma, for artificial feeding. External fistulas also permit the discharge of urine or feces. For example, cystostoma is a fistula of the urinary bladder formed when the urethra is compressed by a tumor. With external fistulas, care must be taken to avoid irritating or infecting the surrounding skin.

REFERENCE

Struchkov, V. I. Gnoinaia khirurgiia, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1967.

fistula

[′fis·chə·lə]
(medicine)
An abnormal congenital or acquired communication between two surfaces or between a viscus or other hollow structure and the exterior.

fistula

In ancient Roman construction, a water pipe of lead or earthenware.

fistula

Pathol an abnormal opening between one hollow organ and another or between a hollow organ and the surface of the skin, caused by ulceration, congenital malformation, etc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Natural history of bronchopleural fistula after pneumonectomy: a review of 96 cases.
Bronchoscopy in the management of bronchopleural fistula.
These authors recommended the use of amphotericin B therapy if there is a delay in surgical intervention, when the cavity ruptures during the acute phase of infection, when there is otherwise active residual disease, and when the patient has certain concomitant risk factors and medical problems such as diabetes or a bronchopleural fistula.
Other potential mechanisms include bronchopleural fistula, rupture of dilated alveoli distal to a stenosis, chemotherapy-induced impairment of repair processes, and persistent local infection.
In addition, there were no bronchopleural fistulas in group 2, compared with two (both right-sided) in group 1.