Enterocutaneous Fistula

In this episode, Dr Jonathan White discusses the topic of enterocutaneous fistula. After listening to this podcast, learners should be able to:
  • define what a fistula is
  • describe how to recognize an enterocutaneous fistula
  • list the common causes of enterocutaneous fistula
  • outline the physiological consquences associated with enterocutaneous fistula
  • explain the principles of management of enterocutaneous fistula using the SNAP principle

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  1. Thank you for this podcast! Are there circumstances in which putting a wound vac over a fistula is appropriate? On the unit I work, sometimes the docs want to try this, but it always ends up being a contentious issue. Thanks again!

    (cross posted from surgery101.libsyn.com)

  2. Good question. We’re usually trying to decrease the drainage from a fistula and get it to dry up, so applying vacuum doesn’t seem like a good idea because it will make more stuff come out. Having said that, using a vac can be effective on some fistulas, and can provide a way to control the effluent and protect the skin. I don’t think there’s much evidence either way, and applying a vac doesn’t seem to hurt much, so I’d give it a try in the right circumstances.

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