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PROBLEMS AND TREATMENT OF THE CIRCUMILEOSTOMY SKIN

PROBLEMS AND TREATMENT OF THE CIRCUMILEOSTOMY SKIN Information about the difficulties which may occur in the skin around the ileostomy outlet was obtained from 451 patients. Dermatitis was reported by 58 % of this group; it generally occurred in the early postoperative period (6-12 weeks). The high incidence was ascribed to the prolonged contact of the usually unprotected skin with the ileostomy effluent. The epithelium underlying the ring used to attach the collection bag to the skin was commonly irritated or excoriated by pressure or by adhesive agents. A stoma opening flush with the skin invariably caused irritation, but ileac stumps that were too long were liable to trauma. An ileac stump about 2 cm. in length appeared to be optimal. Karaya powder was reported as helpful by many patients in developing individual techniques of skin care. Many of the patients who had least difficulty in adjusting to and caring for their ileostomies reported "ileostomy clubs" as the best source of help. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

PROBLEMS AND TREATMENT OF THE CIRCUMILEOSTOMY SKIN

JAMA , Volume 171 (8) – Oct 24, 1959

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1959 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
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1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1959.03010260022005
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Abstract

Information about the difficulties which may occur in the skin around the ileostomy outlet was obtained from 451 patients. Dermatitis was reported by 58 % of this group; it generally occurred in the early postoperative period (6-12 weeks). The high incidence was ascribed to the prolonged contact of the usually unprotected skin with the ileostomy effluent. The epithelium underlying the ring used to attach the collection bag to the skin was commonly irritated or excoriated by pressure or by adhesive agents. A stoma opening flush with the skin invariably caused irritation, but ileac stumps that were too long were liable to trauma. An ileac stump about 2 cm. in length appeared to be optimal. Karaya powder was reported as helpful by many patients in developing individual techniques of skin care. Many of the patients who had least difficulty in adjusting to and caring for their ileostomies reported "ileostomy clubs" as the best source of help.

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 24, 1959

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