Colorectal-vaginal fistulas: Imaging and novel interventional treatment modalities

M. Grace Knuttinen, Johnny Yi, Paul Magtibay, Christina T. Miller, Sadeer Alzubaidi, Sailendra Naidu, Rahmi Oklu, J. Scott Kriegshauser, Winnie A. Mar

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Colovaginal and/or rectovaginal fistulas cause significant and distressing symptoms, including vaginitis, passage of flatus/feces through the vagina, and painful skin excoriation. These fistulas can be a challenging condition to treat. Although most fistulas can be treated with surgical repair, for those patients who are not operative candidates, limited options remain. As minimally-invasive interventional techniques have evolved, the possibility of fistula occlusion has enriched the therapeutic armamentarium for the treatment of these complex patients. In order to offer optimal treatment options to these patients, it is important to understand the imaging and anatomical features which may appropriately guide the surgeon and/or interventional radiologist during pre-procedural planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number87
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 22 2018


  • Colorectal-vaginal fistula
  • Fistula
  • Percutaneous fistula repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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