In this Article. An anal fistula is a tunnel that runs from inside the anus -- the hole your body uses to get rid of solid waste -- to somewhere in the skin around it. It usually follows an infection that didn’t heal the right way. Your doctor can repair the fistula, but you'll need surgery for that.Author: Matt Smith. Fistulas are much less common in people with ulcerative colitis (UC). This is because the inflammation in Crohn’s disease tends to penetrate the whole thickness of the bowel wall. This creates ulcers, leaks and abscesses and as they develop a hole can start to form which then becomes a tunnel creating a fistula.
Surgery for Anal Fistulas in Crohn’s Disease Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation in any part of your digestive or gastrointestinal tract. One of the complications that can occur with Crohn’s is the development of sores or ulcers that tunnel through the intestine and into the surrounding tissue. Feb 07, 2015 · Perianal fistulas are a very disabling manifestation and source of morbidity for Crohn’s disease (CD) patients. Population-based studies showed that the cumulative incidence of perianal fistulas in CD range from 23% to 38%[1,2].Cited by: 32.
The most common types of fistulas in Crohn’s disease patients form between two parts of the intestine, between the intestine and another organ, such as the bladder or vagina, or through to the skin surface. Women with Crohn’s disease can also develop a fistula . Oct 07, 2014 · Anal fistulas are a common manifestation of Crohn’s disease (CD). The first manifestation of the disease is often in the peri-anal region, which can occur years before a diagnosis, particularly in CD affecting the colon and rectum. The treatment of peri-anal fistulas is difficult and always multidisciplinary.Cited by: 7.