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Fistula from childbirth

Postby 1teresa10 » 19 Oct 2012, 13:16

Did you develope a fistula after childbirth? Share your experience here.
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Re: Fistula from childbirth

Postby Ever the Optimist » 19 Oct 2012, 14:39

Hi Teresa,
I didn't develop a fistula directly after childbirth but developed a fissure 5 years on, then an abscess and then a fistula as a result of the abscess.
My CRS advised me that childbirth and the consequent tearing of the perineum (third degree) and the whole area may well have weakened the anal area, which would have increased the risk of getting a fissure more easily.
The fistula however, came as a result of an abscess, which I can't imagine would be particularly related to childbirth, since they stem from infected glands/ skin in the anal area. Some fissures develop fistulas if they become infected but I don't know if there is a direct link between childbirth and fistulas. I think it's unlikely and from what I've researched, those most highly at risk from fistulas are individuals with Chrons' (50% risk) HIV & other IBD's and interestingly, (& allegedly, higher fistula rates in men than women!)
Chronic Fissure diagnosed December 2011
Healed by Diltiazem around Feb 2013
Anal Fistula followed burst abscess in June 2012
2 internal troublesome piles remain & suspected, but undiagnosed, ongoing Levator Ani type symptoms & flare-ups
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