Is an obstetric fistula serious?

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An obstetric fistula is a serious medical condition and is devastating for many women, especially in Africa and Asia, where treatment may be rare and expensive.   Usually, the woman's newborn dies when medical intervention, such as a caesarean section, is not provided in a timely manner. If the illness is left untreated, it can also become life-threatening. Many women develop infections of the urinary tract and skin as well as kidney disease. They may become infertile. They are also unable to control the flow of their feces and urine, which often leads to being left alone by family members and friends.

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.
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