(medicine) An abnormal connection or passageway between organs or vessels that normally do not connect.
* 1903 , William Rice Pryor, Gynæcology , page 113
* 1917 , Louis Adolph Merillat, Fistula of the Withers and Poll-Evil , page 5
- Small fistulæ are to be closed bilaterally in an antero-posterior line
* 1998', Scott Fisher, ''Enterocutaneous '''Fistulas'' , in Theodore J. Saclarides, Keith W. Millikan (editors), ''Common Surgical Diseases: An Algorithmic Approach to Problem Solving ,
- There are several reasons why a manual on this disease should be a part of the veterinary literature of the day, the chief one being that fistula of the withers is a very prevalent disease of horses and thus exacts a big toll from the horse industry.
* 2008 , Sylvia Escott-Stump, Nutrition and Diagnosis-related Care , page 405
- Fistulas' are abnormal communications between two epithelialized surfaces. The causes of enterocutaneous '''fistulas''' can be remembered using the mnemonic FRIEND: '''F'''oreign body, '''R'''adiation, '''I'''nflammation/Infection/Inflammatory bowel disease, '''E'''pithelialization, '''N'''eoplasm, and '''D'''istal obstruction. Fifteen to twenty-five percent of enterocutaneous ' fistulas arise spontaneously as in, for example, Crohn's disease or cancer.
(rare) A tube, a pipe, or a hole.
- An intestinal fistula is an unwanted pathway from intestines to other organs (e.g., the bladder).
* (medicine) The skin is regarded as an organ, so the definition includes the abnormal connection of an intenal organ to the body's exterior (as in, for example, enterocutaneous fistulas).
* Sometimes, a fistula will be intentionally created; for example, an is sometimes created to ease the treatment of a patient with end stage renal failure.
* (tube) pipe, tube