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Diagnosis Gastroenterology

Enterocutaneous Fistula

Your doctor will conduct a thorough physical exam and may prescribe the following tests to confirm a diagnosis of enterocutaneous fistula (ECF) :

  • Abdominal CT scan
  • Barium enema, if the fistula involves the colon
  • Barium swallow, also called an esophagram. This test is a series of X-rays of the esophagus. You drink a liquid containing barium, which coats the inside of your esophagus. The barium causes changes in the shape of the esophagus to show up on the X-rays.
  • Fistulogram, which involves injecting contrast dye into the opening of the skin of an ECF and taking X-rays.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.