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MAG102886
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   Posted 11/12/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
You posted a question to me on another thread, I just didn't want my response to get lost in the shuffle.
 
Ive had my fistula for over a year now, its located about 1 inch directly above my bellybutton.  I had a resection surgery, then 3 abscesses there and thats what caused the fistula to form.  At first it was about the diameter of a baseball, now its the diameter of a pencil.  I will be having surgery on Nov 20th to have it repaired.  I'm not sure what all you ment by the state of if, I hope I was able to answer your question...if not let me know what else you would like to know!! =)
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings
Current Meds: Cimzia, Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: Sept 4, 2009 to Take Down Abdominal Fistula!!  (On hold until current flare is under control, boo!)
 

73monte
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   Posted 11/12/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mag,
 
Thanks for your answer.  I'm always looking to see the progress of others that have had an abdomial fistula or abscess. This is what my daughter had almost a year ago now. It seems that yours was brought on by somewhat of a leak at the sutured repair following resection. Do I understand correctly that your fistula has come through the skin? 
I hope the surgical repair will take care of it for you.
 
Tom.
My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Has used Prednisone and Pentasa. Started Imuran (02/09), had an abdominal abscess (12/08). 2cm of Stricture.


MAG102886
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   Posted 11/12/2009 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, what happened was I had a resection, and I was on 60mg of prednisone at the time, so I got a horrible abscess under the scar, I had to have surgery to clean it out, and I had to leave it open and let it heal on its own, so I had a wound VAC which is constant suction to keep icky stuff out of it. It eventually healed, but soon after got infected again, I believe the suction from the VAC caused the leak...leaving the fistula.  It is through the skin, and about 1-2 inches deep.

 


Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings
Current Meds: Cimzia, Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: Sept 4, 2009 to Take Down Abdominal Fistula!!  (On hold until current flare is under control, boo!)
 
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