|Healthy Wall Between Vagina and Rectum|
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- Crohn’s disease
- Complications following surgery to the perineum (area between vagina and rectum), vagina, rectum, or anus
- Injuries during childbirth
- Radiation treatment or cancer in the pelvic area
- Perianal infection
- Passing stool or gas via the vagina
- Inability to control bowel movements
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- Recurring vaginal infections
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Persistent pain in the pelvic area
- Anorectal ultrasound—a small wand-like instrument provides a video image of the rectum and anus
- Methylene enema—a tampon is placed in the vagina and methylene blue is placed into the rectum to identify movement of fluid from rectum to vagina
- Contrast studies— barium enema may be used to view a rectovaginal fistula that cannot be seen on physical exam
- Endoscopy—a thin, lighted tube is inserted into the rectum to examine the rectum and the lower colon (to rule out irritable bowel disease)
Rectovaginal Fistula Repair Surgery
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org/
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons http://www.fascrs.org/
Canadian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons http://www.cscrs.ca/
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/
Rectovaginal fistula. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/. Accessed February 2, 2010.
Wheeless CR, Roenneburg ML. Rectovaginal fistula repair. Atlas of Pelvic Surgery website. Available at: http://www.atlasofpelvicsurgery.com/2VaginalandUrethra/14RectovaginalFistulaRepair/chap2sec14.html. Accessed February 2, 2010.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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