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Student Reviews

Living with a stoma

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0409347a
  1. Russell Goodall, third year medical student1
  1. 1University of Southampton

Astoma is just where the ileum is brought out through an opening in the right iliac fossa and attached to the skin,1 right? Wrong. For many patients, a stoma is life changing but for all the wrong reasons.

Medical textbooks tell us that “problems associated with ileostomies include mechanical problems, dehydration, psychosexual problems, infertility in men, and recurrence of Crohn's disease.”1 So do you know what it's like to have a stoma yet? Does this allow us to really be in a position to offer empathy?

In fact, …

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