Bladder Fistula

What Is a Bladder Fistula?

A bladder fistula is an abnormal connection or opening between the bladder and the vagina. Some people are born with a bladder fistula. Others develop a bladder fistula as a result of:

  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Injury
  • Radiation therapy
  • Urologic or gynecologic surgery

Bladder fistula symptoms include:

  • • Frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • • Passage of gas from the urethra while urinating
  • • Urine leakage from the vagina

Doctors use imaging tests to diagnose a bladder fistula. Doctors will inject a dye into your urinary tract to determine if you have the condition. Then, they X-ray your pelvic area to see where the dye travels. This helps your doctor identify an abnormal connection or fistula. Often, you will also undergo cystoscopy to evaluate the exact location of the opening in your bladder.

The experts at Emory Urology Services offer the latest treatment options.

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