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Descriptor in English: Fistula
Descriptor in Spanish: Fístula
Descriptor in Portuguese: Fístula
Descriptor in French: Fistule
Entry term(s): Fistulas
Tree number(s): C23.300.575
Scope note: Abnormal communication most commonly seen between two internal organs, or between an internal organ and the surface of the body.
Annotation: GEN or unspecified; prefer specifics; coord IM with organ (IM) or precoord organ/dis term (IM); policy: Manual 23.19+; anal fistula or fistula in ano: index RECTAL FISTULA, not FISSURE IN ANO; artificial fistula: Manual 23.19.7; ECK FISTULA see PORTACAVAL SHUNT, SURGICAL is also available
Allowable Qualifiers: BL blood
CF cerebrospinal fluid
CI chemically induced
CL classification
CN congenital
CO complications
DG diagnostic imaging
DH diet therapy
DI diagnosis
DT drug therapy
EC economics
EH ethnology
EM embryology
EN enzymology
EP epidemiology
ET etiology
GE genetics
HI history
IM immunology
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
MO mortality
NU nursing
PA pathology
PC prevention & control
PP physiopathology
PS parasitology
PX psychology
RH rehabilitation
RT radiotherapy
SU surgery
TH therapy
UR urine
VE veterinary
VI virology
DeCS UI: 5538
Descriptor UI: D005402
Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 1999/11/09
Fistula - Preferred
Concept UI M0008526
Scope note Abnormal communication most commonly seen between two internal organs, or between an internal organ and the surface of the body.
Preferred term Fistula
Entry term(s) Fistulas



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