The surgical anatomy and etiology of gastrointestinal fistulas

@article{Pfeifer2011TheSA,
  title={The surgical anatomy and etiology of gastrointestinal fistulas},
  author={Johann Pfeifer and Gordana Tomasch and Selman Uranues},
  journal={European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={37},
  pages={209-213}
}
Fistulas are abnormal communications between two epithelial surfaces, either between two portions of the intestine, between the intestine and some other hollow viscus, or between the intestine and the skin of the abdominal wall. The etiology of intestinal fistulas is in most cases a result of multiple contributing factors. Despite significant advances in their management over the past decades, intestinal fistulas remain a major clinical problem, with a high overall mortality rate of up to 30… CONTINUE READING

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