Definition of fistula

A fistula is a connection through a tunnel between two loops of the intestines or between a segment of the intestines and another organ or to the skin.



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Treatment includes antibiotics . Also, Remicade has been shown to be effective in treating them for many people with Crohn's Disease.

At www.remicade.com, the following is said for people with Crohn's Disease:

"REMICADE is indicated for reducing signs and symptoms and inducing and maintaining clinical remission in patients with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy.

REMICADE is also indicated for reducing the number of draining enterocutaneous and rectovaginal fistulas and maintaining fistula closure in patients with fistulizing Crohn’s disease."

Seldom do these tunnels heal spontaneously. If Remicade and antibotics do not work, surgery can be required.

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