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.
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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.
late Middle English: from Latin, 'pipe, flute, fistula'. Compare with fester.
More definitions of fistulaDefinition of fistula in:
- The US English dictionary