Small bowel fistulas.

  title={Small bowel fistulas.},
  author={Apostolis K Tassiopoulos and Gerald Baum and John D Halverson},
  journal={The Surgical clinics of North America},
  volume={76 5},
The treatment of small bowel fistulas remains a difficult problem. Spontaneous closure rates of 30% are currently being achieved after 4 to 6 weeks of conservative therapy with bowel rest, TPN, octreotide, and control of sepsis. Resection of the fistulous bowel is warranted if fistula closure has not occurred by 4 to 6 weeks. 


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