Stawicki, S. Peter and Braslow, Benjamin M. (2008) Gastrointestinal fistulae. OPUS 12 Scientist, 2 (1). pp. 13-16. ISSN 1940-8633
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Key points: (a) Gastrointestinal fistulae (GIF) continue to be associated with high morbidity and mortality; (b) Approximately 85% to 90% of GIF result from surgical procedures; (c) Spontaneous GIF (10% to 15%) most commonly result from inflammatory bowel disease, malignancy, and infection (i.e., diverticulitis); (d) Fistula classification and natural behavior are discussed; followed by (e) Discussion of diagnostic and treatment principles, as well as special issues encountered in GIF management. ABSITE CORNER is a section of OPUS 12 Scientist dedicated to brief topic reviews geared toward resident preparation for the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination. Each quarterly edition of OPUS 12 Scientist will contain one or two condensed overviews, along with a list of selected references. Resident contributions via regular article submission process are welcome, subject to Editorial Board and Section Editor approval.
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