colonic fistula


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co·lon·ic fis·tu·la

1. internal, a fistulous passage connecting the colon and a hollow viscus;
2. external, a fistulous passage connecting the colon and the skin.

colonic fistula

Etymology: Gk, kolon + L, pipe
an abnormal passage from the colon to the surface of the body or an internal organ or structure. In regional enteritis chronic inflammation may lead to the formation of a fistula between two adjacent loops of bowel. An external opening from the colon to the surface of the abdomen may be created surgically after the removal of a malignant or severely ulcerated segment of the bowel. See also colostomy.

co·lon·ic fis·tu·la

(kō-lonik fistyū-lă)
1. Internal, a fistulous passage connecting the colon and a hollow viscus.
2. External, a fistulous passage connecting the colon and the skin.