fistul-, fistulo-, fistuli- +

(Latin: pipe; an abnormal passage or communication, usually between two internal organs, or leading from an internal organ to the surface of the body)

fistulose
Formed like a fistula; hollow; reed-like.
fistulotomy
Incision or surgical enlargement of a fistula.

Fistulas can occur in various areas of the human body, and the location of the fistula influences the necessity of the procedure.

Some, such as ano-vaginal and perianal fistuals are chronic conditions, and will never heal without surgical intervention.

fistulous
1. Of or resembling a fistula.
2. Tubular and hollow, as the leaves of a scallion.
3. Made of or containing tubular parts.
gastric fistula
1. Abnormal passage communicating with the stomach.
2. A tract leading from the stomach to the abdominal wall.
gastropericardial fistula
A passageway between the stomach and the pericardial sac (that surrounds the heart).
genitourinary fistula
A fistulous opening into the urogenital tract.
salivary fistula
A pathologic communication between a salivary duct, or gland, and the cutaneous surface or the oral mucus.
scrotal fistula
A fistula extending from some portion of the testis or epididymis to an external opening in the skin of the scrotum.

The fistula is an abnormal passageway in the body. The fistula may go from the body surface into a blindpouch or into an internal organ or go between two internal organs caused by disease, injury, or congenital malformation.

The epididymis is a structure within the scrotum attached to the backside of the testis. The epididymis is a coiled segment of the spermatic ducts that serves to store, mature, and transport spermatozoa between the testis and the vas (the vas deferens or the tube connecting the testes with the urethra which is a coiled duct that conveys sperm from the epididymis to the ejaculatory duct and the urethra).

tracheoesophageal fistula
A congenital anomaly where the upper esophagus ends (atresia) and does not connect with the stomach and the lower esophagus connects to the trachea (tracheoesophageal fistula).

A common complication seen shortly after birth is an aspiration pneumonia. Infants will demonstrate excessive salivation, gagging, and coughing with feeding, poor feeding, and a bluish discolouration to the skin (cyanosis).

Treatment involves the surgical repair of the esophagus before the child can take anything with the mouth.

Esophageal atresia is a disorder of the digestive system in which the esophagus does not develop properly. The esophagus is the tube that normally carries food from the mouth to the stomach.

Esophageal atresia is a congenital defect, which means it occurs before birth. There are several types. In most cases, the upper esophagus ends and does not connect with the lower esophagus and stomach.

The top end of the lower esophagus connects to the windpipe. This connection is called a tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF). Some babies with tracheoesophageal (TEF) will also have other problems, such as heart or other digestive tract disorders.

Other types of esophageal atresia involve narrowing of the esophagus, and may also be associated with other birth defects.

vesicoabdominal fistula
A fistula extending from the urinary bladder through the abdominal wall and opening externally onto the skin of the abdomen.

The fistula is an abnormal duct or passage resulting from injury, disease, or a congenital disorder that connects an abscess, cavity, or a hollow organ to the body surface or to another hollow organ.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "internal organs, entrails, inside": ent-; enter-; incret-; inter-; intra-; splanchn-; viscer-.

A cross reference of word units that are related, directly and/or indirectly, with "tube, pipe": aulo-; can-, cann-; siphon-; syringo-; tub-.