Dermatologic considerations of stoma care

J Am Acad Dermatol. 1986 Sep;15(3):411-32. doi: 10.1016/s0190-9622(86)70191-6.


Stomas are artificial openings from the gastrointestinal tract or the urinary tract to the outside of the body. Patients with stomas require appliances to protect peristomal skin and contain the stomal effluent. Cutaneous problems that often arise around the stoma may be unique to these patients or may reflect more typical dermatoses and neoplasia arising in an atypical setting. Dermatologists must learn to recognize these disorders and must be aware of preventive and therapeutic techniques and the resources available to manage them. Much can be gained, in both the education of the dermatologist and in the care of the patient, by close cooperation with the specialized enterostomal therapy nurse.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Colostomy* / history
  • Colostomy* / nursing
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Ileostomy* / history
  • Ileostomy* / nursing
  • Postoperative Complications / therapy*
  • Self Care
  • Skin Diseases / etiology*
  • Skin Diseases / therapy
  • Ureter / surgery
  • Urinary Bladder / surgery