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How doctors detect recto-vaginal fistulas

Posted on December 16, 2014 4:22 pm under Product Liability

Surgical implantation of a transvaginal mesh is among the many options available to treat pelvic floor disorders. However, the risk of transvaginal mesh protrusion, dislocation, and erosion may lead to the formation of a recto-vaginal fistula, an abnormal passage that connects the rectum to the vagina.

Individuals suspected to have a recto-vaginal fistula would need to undergo certain examinations for prompt and accurate recto-vaginal diagnosis:

  • Physical examination – Doctors would check for any abnormalities in the anus, the vagina, and the perineum
  • Imaging tests – Tests such as computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may help detect fistulas
  • Anorectal ultrasound – Involves the use of ultrasound to acquire an image of the anus
  • Blue dye test – The doctor would insert a tampon on the vagina, and insert a blue dye into the rectum. If the tampon shows blue stain, fistula might be present

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