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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 77-81

Gastrointestinal fistulae

1 OPUS 12 Foundation, Bethlehem, PA, USA
2 OPUS 12 Foundation, Bethlehem; Department of Surgery, Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Critical Care, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P Stawicki
Department of Surgery, St. Luke'fs Hospital and Health Network, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_84_16

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Key points: (a) Gastrointestinal fistulae (GIF) continue to be associated with high morbidity and mortality; (b) Approximately 85% to 90% of GIF result from surgical procedures; (c) Spontaneous GIF (10% to 15%) most commonly result from inflammatory bowel disease, malignancy, and infection (i.e., diverticulitis); (d) Fistula classification and natural behavior are discussed; followed by (e) Discussion of diagnostic and treatment principles, as well as special issues encountered in GIF management. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Medical knowledge and patient care. Republished with permission from: Stawicki SP, Braslow BM. Gastrointestinal fistulae. OPUS 12 Scientist 2008;2(1):13-16.

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