Problem

Rectovaginal fistula

Nature:

A rectovaginal fistula is a medical condition where there is a fistula or abnormal connection between the rectum and the vagina.

Rectovaginal fistula may be extremely debilitating. If the opening between the rectum and vagina is wide it will allow both flatulence and feces to escape through the vagina, leading to fecal incontinence. There is an association with recurrent urinary and vaginal infections. This type of fistula can cause pediatricians to misdiagnose imperforate anus. The severity of the symptoms will depend on the size of fistula. Most often, it appears after about one week or so after delivery.

Incidence:
Fistula from the bowel or bladder occasionally arises in women as a result of injury during protracted childbirth. Disease is another cause, particularly as a result of abscess.
Related Problems:
Anorectal atresia
Aggravates:
Fistula incontinence
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
08.03.2001 – 00:00 CET