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Acquired vesico-rectal fistula is an uncommon complication of pelvic malignant tumors, surgical injury, inflammatory disorders such as tuberculosis infection, radiotherapy and less commonly diverticulum of the urinary tract. The fistula is often identified by urinary tract abnormalities such as dysuria, recurrent urinary tract infection, pneumaturia, and fecaluria. Here, we report an unusual case of a patient with a vesico-rectal fistula of tuberculous origin, presenting with severe acute diarrhea, metabolic acidosis, hyperchloremia and hypokalemia while with only mild urinary tract symptoms. The patient was cured by tuberculostatic therapy.


Xiu-Qing Wei, Yan Zou, Zhi-E Wu, Kodjo-Kunale Abassa, Wei Mao, Jin Tao, Zhuang Kang, Zhuo-Fu Wen, Bin Wu. Acute diarrhea and metabolic acidosis caused by tuberculous vesico-rectal fistula. World journal of gastroenterology. 2014 Nov 7;20(41):15462-6

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PMID: 25386096

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