Definition of fistula in English:

fistula

Line breaks: fis|tula
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪstjʊlə
 
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noun (plural fistulas or fistulae /-liː/)

Medicine
  • An abnormal or surgically made passage between a hollow or tubular organ and the body surface, or between two hollow or tubular organs.
    More example sentences
    • However, if a serious duct injury is present, a chronic fistula may develop and require surgical intervention.
    • The patient in this case study has a fistula in a concave area near his gastrostomy tube.
    • Disease may also include chest wall invasion, with bony erosion, and draining cutaneous fistulas.

Derivatives

fistular

adjective
More example sentences
  • Infliximab is used to achieve clinical improvement and induce remission in patients with moderate-to-severe luminal and fistular CD refractory to other treatments.

fistulous

adjective
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  • A small recent fistula may heal spontaneously if urine is diverted from the fistulous tract.
  • Histologic examination of the biopsy tissue revealed skin overlying a fistulous space with a papillary surface.
  • The effusion is often large and recurrent, arising from a fistulous tract between the pancreas and the pleural cavity, with or without pseudocyst formation.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin, 'pipe, flute, fistula'. Compare with fester.

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