An enterocutaneous fistula (ECF) is an abnormal communication between the small or large bowel and the skin that allows the contents of the stomach or intestines to leak through an opening in the skin.
The mnemonic FRIENDS can be used to memorize characteristics which impede the closure of ECF.
I Infection or Inflammatory bowel disease
S Short tract (<2 cm)
Congenital types: tracheoesophageal, vitellointesRead more in Wikipedia
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