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How can a fistula on the arm be treated?

My mother had a fistula put in her arm. It seemed to heal fine, but now has two large bulges, and was told she will have to go back into surgery. What happened? Also she has been coughing blood off and on since. Not sure if this is related as she is 63, and has other health issues.
Thu, 19 Apr 2018
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi,

As per your clinical history, fistula needs surgical repair only and for blood in a cough follow like this:

1) Do a clinical examination by your Doctor [Pulmonologist] and to confirm do few investigations like CBC with differential, Chest x-ray, Sputum tests(RE/ME/CULTURE), Pulmonary function test.

2) Discuss with your Doctor about antibiotics and cough syrup with broncodilator.

Do follow lifestyle modifications like this:

1) Try to avoid cigarette smoke.

2) Discuss vaccinations for flu and pneumonia.

3) Try to wash your hands. To reduce your risk of catching a viral infection, wash your hands frequently and get in the habit of using hand sanitizers.

4) Try to wear a surgical mask at work and in crowds.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Uday Nath Sahoo
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