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Colorectal-Vaginal Fistulas: Imaging and Novel Interventional Treatment Modalities

Mayo Clinic Arizona; Phoenix, AZ 85054 USA
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J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7(4), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm7040087
Received: 11 March 2018 / Revised: 12 April 2018 / Accepted: 16 April 2018 / Published: 22 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Image Guided Interventions and Emerging Technologies)
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Abstract

Colovaginal and/or rectovaginal fistulas cause significant and distressing symptoms, including vaginitis, passage of flatus/feces through the vagina, and painful skin excoriation. These fistulas can be a challenging condition to treat. Although most fistulas can be treated with surgical repair, for those patients who are not operative candidates, limited options remain. As minimally-invasive interventional techniques have evolved, the possibility of fistula occlusion has enriched the therapeutic armamentarium for the treatment of these complex patients. In order to offer optimal treatment options to these patients, it is important to understand the imaging and anatomical features which may appropriately guide the surgeon and/or interventional radiologist during pre-procedural planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: colorectal-vaginal fistula; fistula; percutaneous fistula repair colorectal-vaginal fistula; fistula; percutaneous fistula repair
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Knuttinen, M.-G.; Yi, J.; Magtibay, P.; Miller, C.T.; Alzubaidi, S.; Naidu, S.; Oklu, R.; Kriegshauser, J.S.; Mar, W.A. Colorectal-Vaginal Fistulas: Imaging and Novel Interventional Treatment Modalities. J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7, 87.

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