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Why is an ileostomy more difficult than a colostomy?

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Dr. John Hunter
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In brief: Ileostomy/colostomy

An ileostomy has mainly liquid output because the stool never passes through the colon to have the majority of water content re-absorbed.
A colostomy will usually have more normal appearing, solid stool output. Patients can become severely dehydrated from high ileostomy output, sometimes needing hospitalization. Ileostomy output can also be more irritating to skin, making ostomy care difficult.

In brief: Ileostomy/colostomy

An ileostomy has mainly liquid output because the stool never passes through the colon to have the majority of water content re-absorbed.
A colostomy will usually have more normal appearing, solid stool output. Patients can become severely dehydrated from high ileostomy output, sometimes needing hospitalization. Ileostomy output can also be more irritating to skin, making ostomy care difficult.
Dr. John Hunter
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