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Skin around the stoma

Peristomal skin complications

Unlike skin wounds, where the ultimate treatment goal is usually closure by wound healing, ostomies are artificial openings in the intestine that are designed to stay open in order to drain the stoma effluents. Complications of the peristomal skin, which is the skin in direct neighborhood to the mucocutaneous junction, are common and require specific management.

Nearly half of patients with permanent stomas are affected by peristomal skin disorders. Multiple reasons, like chemical irritation, mechanical injury, or infections can contribute to the development of a peristomal skin disorder. Notably, patients often are not aware of it: Up to 56 percent of those with severe skin disorders report that they do not suffer from any skin disorder according to a Danish study.

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