Understanding Vesicocolic Fistula symptoms starts with understanding exactly what a Fistula is. A Fistula tunnel forms between organs. This tunnel is an anomaly, doctors do not know why the tunnel forms but they do know the results of this tunnel formation.
The tunnel formation allows contaminants and waste products to leak where they are not supposed to and can cause infections. The Vesicocolic Fistula symptoms are pretty obvious although initially you will not be able to recognize exactly what is going on.
Vesicocolic Fistula’s are among the most common types of Fistulas they travel from the gastrointestinal tract to the bladder.
The Mixture of Urine and Gas
One of the most common and obvious symptoms of a Fistula of this type is bubbles in the urine. The bubbles are caused by the gases from the intestines mixing with the urine. Sometimes the urine is described as being foamy. Bubbles or foam can be seen clearly in the urine and may be accompanied by a foul smell.
In many cases there is the presence of multiple urinary tract infections. There may be a frequent urge to urinate without producing any urine.
If the Fistula is carrying other unwanted organism’s back and forth than the person may experience unexplained fevers, chills and exhaustion. The fever is related to the body trying to fight the infection that is being caused by the Fistula and exchange of fluids between the two organs.
As the body fights the infection the body will grow tired quickly resulting in feelings of exhaustion. Chills are from the fever. In many cases the symptoms are relieved by taking over the counter fever reducer.
While the causes are largely unknown these types of Fistula’s have been linked to Diverticulitis, Cancer of the bladder or colon and Crohns disease although the presence of a Fistula does not necessarily mean you have any of these diseases. Sometimes they appear mysteriously without any explanation. The human body is still much of a mystery.
There are several treatment options one of which includes doing nothing at all. In 50% of the cases the Fistula will close on its own. Many times a doctor will monitor the Vesicocolic Fistula symptoms to see if the Fistula is closing on its own.
In some cases the infections become severe or frequent and then surgery may be required but usually there is a conservative approach to treatment.