colostomy

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colostomy

the surgical formation of an opening from the colon onto the surface of the body, which functions as an anus

colostomy

[kə′las·tə·mē]
(medicine)
Surgical formation of an artificial anus by joining the colon to an opening in the anterior abdominal wall.
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In some people recovering from pressure sores, the risk of irritating or infecting the sore during an ordinary bowel program is so high that a temporary colostomy is needed.
A temporary colostomy may be needed for a period of time to allow a portion of the colon to heal.
To do this, a temporary colostomy is created by bringing a portion of the intestine through the abdominal wall to form a stoma on the abdomen.

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