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Wondering if it's harmful to have an anal bowel movement when wearing a colostomy due to cancer?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
No: Depending on where the colostomy is performed, that is transverse colon or distal sigmoid colon, if a large segment of bowel distal to the colostomy is present, this segment does produce mucus and with the presence of bacteria will produce some form of anal bowel movement.

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Last updated Apr 21, 2014

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