Ileostomy Retracts Below the Skin

  • Titilayo Adegboyega
  • David E. RivadeneiraEmail author


Properly constructed and fully functional ileostomy is paramount for patients’ quality of life and satisfaction. An ileostomy that has retracted below the skin will often cause significant difficulties pouching appropriately leading to severe and debilitating dermatitis, pain, and infections. In addition a retracted ileostomy into the abdominal compartment can cause abscesses and peritonitis. In this chapter we discuss the proper method of delivering an ileostomy and dealing with retraction.


Ileostomy Retraction Mucocutaneous separation Ostomy Complications Pouching 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Huntington Hospital-Northwell Health, Department of Colorectal SurgeryHuntingtonUSA
  2. 2.Surgical Strategic InitiativesNorthwell HealthNew Hyde ParkUSA
  3. 3.Surgical Services and Colorectal SurgeryHuntington HospitalHuntingtonUSA
  4. 4.Hofstra University-Northwell School of MedicineHempsteadUSA

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