Enterocutaneous Fistula Treatment
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How to Treat Enterocutaneous Fistula
A fistula may be able to heal on its own over 2-8 weeks. Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
- Nutritional support may be needed while the fistula is healing:
- You may need to drink and eat high energy food for a while.
- Nutrition may need to be delivered through a tube connected to your stomach or intestine.
- If your bowels needs to rest, nutrition may be given through your vein.
- Antibiotics may be prescribed-to help prevent or control infection
- A drain may be attached to your wound-to collect leakage from the fistula
- If the fistulas do not heal-part of the intestine may need to be removed
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