Re: Can someone tell me about fistula's?
A fistula is an abnormal channel that carries fluid from one place to another. They sometimes form after surgery when fluids secreted by the injured tissue seek a place to escape. Those fluids can escape to the outside through a fistula, or they can stay trapped inside and form a cyst. Small fistulas can heal over after the fluid secretion slows or stops. In your friend's case, a fistula may be preferrable to a cyst forming inside if the fluid contains digestive enzymes from the pancreas. Otherwise, a cyst could rupture and release all those enzymes into the abdominal cavity causing a lot of pain and problems. The fluid draining now can be caught with a dressing, and should eventually slow down and stop, perhaps in a couple of weeks or so, depending on the size of it. Your friend has been through a serious, major operation, and I wish her and you well as she recovers.