Who is most affected by an obstetric fistula?


Obstetric fistula is a serious disorder for adults, especially, when left untreated. The illness most often affects women living in poverty and underdeveloped countries, since the medical care to treat obstetric fistulas is either not available or very expensive. Asia and Africa have high incidences of obstetric fistulas. Women who are malnourished can also be affected by obstetric fistulas since malnourishment can weaken the pelvis and cause problems during labor.

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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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