- Feces passing from the vagina
- Gas passing from the vagina
- Pus passing from the vagina
- Repeated urinary tract or vaginal infections
- Vaginal discharge that smells bad
- Irritation around the area
A recto-vestibular fistula is most often congenital, and the symptoms are similar to those of a recto-vaginal fistula.
Additional symptoms patients may notice include:
- Vulvar inflammation that occurs shortly after birth
- Feces leaking from the vaginal vestibule
Adult patients with the condition also may experience pain during sexual intercourse.
Causes and Risk Factors
Congenital recto-vaginal and recto-vestibular fistulas are both found exclusively in female patients. The cause of congenital anorectal malformations is unknown, although environmental factors such as drug use during pregnancy may play a part.