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   Posted 7/17/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Do rectal or vaginal filstulas ever just "clear up" and go away on their own? 
I had a very small rectal fistula and humira had cleared it up , but now i have to go off it, and I'm hoping it doesn't come back

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   Posted 7/17/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm dealing with a small recto-vaginal fistula right now and just started Remicade a few weeks ago. I'm sure it hasn't completely closed up but I can tell you that all fistula related symptoms have disappeared since starting treatment. I can't imagine that a fistula would heal on it's own. It would just getting bigger until it "healed open". And from what I understand, sometimes they come back unfortunately. Hopefully someone else can offer you more information on this. Good luck to you!  

32-year-old female diagnosed with CD in 2001.
Currently taking Pentasa 1g x 4 times daily. Started Remicade July 2008.

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   Posted 7/17/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I currently have a rv fistula that I can't get to clear up even with drugs! I've had it for 8 months and it is still totally open and draining. Even my remicade hasn't helped yet. Sorry that you have to go off the Humira. I hope you can find a way to clear it up!
diagnosed: Crohn's Aug 2005
other set-backs: Vasculitis Aug 2006, Sub-total Colectomy (10 inches of colon left) Feb 2007, Ogilivie's Syndrome Mar 2007, Pulmonary Embolism Sept 2007, Collapsed lung Oct 2007, Recto/Vaginal fistula Nov 2007
drugs: Asacol, Imuran, Remicade, Humira, Prednisone, Canasa, Fentanyl, Warfarin, TPN

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   Posted 7/17/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Not in my experience. I had to have surgery to get my rectal one fixed. Even then it took a year after the surgery to heal up completely. They are nasty buggers!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapered to 2.5 mg *eek*, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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