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(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.
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, 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
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, and other disorders. Usually a fistula requires surgery. In horses an abscess on the withers from chafing and infection is termed a 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.


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


An abnormal congenital or acquired communication between two surfaces or between a viscus or other hollow structure and the exterior.


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


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.
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71%) of Gram negative organism associated empyemas had associated Bronchopleural Fistula (BPF) in contrast to no BPF in Gram positive organism associated empyemas (p0.
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Conservative management is preferred to prevent the formation of bronchopleural fistula secondary to ICD and, thus, the need for prolonged hospital admission.
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Empyema with a bronchopleural fistula exposes the remaining lung to direct bacterial contamination.
Persistent bronchopleural fistula with air leak persisted in the following 2 weeks [Figure 1]e and [Figure 1]f despite chest tube suction.
Bronchopleural fistula (BPF) is a communication between the pleural space and the bronchial tree.
The most direct and functional definition of a bronchopleural fistula, (BPF), is to describe it as a communication involving both the pleural space and the bronchial tree.
Jet ventilation is widely used in premature infant and neonatal care' and, in adults, mainly restricted to the conservative treatment of bronchopleural fistula (7,8).
A bronchopleural fistula is a communication between the pleural space and the lung.
The performance of four pleural drainage systems in an animal model of bronchopleural fistula.