Physical complications of rectovaginal fistula may include:

  • Incontinence
  • Problems with hygiene
  • Recurrent vaginal or urinary tract infections
  • Irritation or inflammation of your vagina, perineum or the skin around your anus
  • Infected fistula that forms an abscess, a problem that can become life-threatening if not treated
  • Fistula recurrence

Among women with Crohn's disease who develop a fistula, the chance of another fistula forming later is high.

Nov. 15, 2012