Physical complications of a rectovaginal fistula may include:

  • Uncontrolled loss of stool (fecal incontinence)
  • Hygiene problems
  • Recurrent vaginal or urinary tract infections
  • Irritation or inflammation of your vagina, perineum or the skin around your anus
  • An 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 chances of complications are high. These can include poor healing, or another fistula forming later.

Oct. 17, 2015