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Colostomy Problems Overview

Another name for Colostomy Problems is Ostomy Problems.

What are ostomy problems?
A person with ostomy problems has an ostomy that is bleeding, swollen or blocked. An ostomy is an artificial opening between the skin and a hollow organ. For example, a surgeon may create an ostomy between the skin, and the intestine, bladder, or windpipe. The artificial opening in the skin is called a stoma. The most common ostomies include colostomies and ileostomies, which allow the intestine to drain through the abdominal wall.

What are the symptoms of ostomy problems?
Symptoms of intestinal ostomy problems include constipation, diarrhea, excessive gas, and problems with the skin around the ostomy site. Skin problems may include bleeding, redness, swelling, and tenderness.

How does the doctor treat ostomy problems?
Treatment for intestinal ostomy problems depend on the underlying cause. Treatment may include a high fiber diet, increasing liquids in the diet, and medications for diarrhea or constipation. Additional treatment for an intestinal ostomy may include local skin care, antibiotics, and stoma surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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