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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 1118
   Posted 7/28/2009 2:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi sorry if i sound a bit stupid but what is a seaton? is it some kind of drainage thing and how does it work. I have a fistula but it comes through the skin on my belly. i was just intrested as quite a few people on here have them  and im not sure what they are any info would help me understand thanks Bev x
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma. B12 shots,iron syrup,loperimide, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety)No maintainance drugs.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 7/28/2009 5:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Its a little piece of plastic/rubber tubing that is placed in a fistula tract to either drain or cut into tract to allow all the infection, puss to come out. It just allows the skin to stay open while everything is drained out. A seton is usually placed for preparation of closing the tract, depending on what kind you have. It can be painful at times, as it moves around its rubbing up against the infected area. Sitz baths with epsom salt are always very comforting for the pain and recovery time.
26 yo Female, Crohn's
Diagnosed at 6...symptoms at age 2
Bal-resection 1998
history of steroids, antibiotics, Asacol, Prilosec, Pentasa, 6mp Imuran, Remicade, Humira...
Humira 12/08 and stopped after 3rd dose
LDN 3.5mg Feb-July 09
starting Humira Again

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