A fistula is an abnormal connection between two organs that normally do not connect. There are many types of fistulas- some of the more common include:
- VESICOVAGINAL fistula: connection between the bladder and the vagina. This results in a continuous uncontrollable drainage of urine from the bladder into the vagina. They typically occur after pelvic surgery (hysterectomy), childbirth, and radiation exposure.
- RECTOVAGINAL fistula: connection between the rectum and the vagina. This results in the passage of gas and possibly stools from the rectum into the vagina. This may occur after childbirth and may be associated with certain diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.