Advanced Pelvic Health Institute for Women

Genitourinary and Rectovaginal Fistula

What is Genitourinary and Rectovaginal Fistula?


Genitourinary fistulas are abnormal connections between the vagina, urethra, bladder or ureter. This abnormal communication may occur between vagina and/or uterus to the bladder, urethra or ureter and this communication is called a fistula tract. This is typically caused by trauma from surgery or during delivery. A genitourinary fistula tract will cause urine to be directed away from its normal location in the ureters (tubes that bring urine from kidney to bladder), bladder or urethra.

A rectovaginal fistula is an abnormal communication or tract between the rectum and vagina. Some women may be asymptomatic but most complain of an uncontrollable passage of gas and/or stool through the vagina. This may be associated with rectal bleeding, foul-smelling discharge from the vagina, or recurrent vaginal infections


  About Genitourinary Fistula


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