oa CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Stomas in infants and children : part l : occasional article

Volume 23, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Extracted from text ... Stoma is the Greek word meaning opening or mouth. Formation management and subsequent closure of bowel stomas represents a considerable volume of the work of a paediatric surgical service. Since the first successful colostomy was performed in 1793 by Duret on a 3-day-old infant for an anorectal malformation, stomas were slow in gaining professional and social acceptance. In contrast to stomas performed in adults, most of the stomas in infants and children are temporary. There are two general indications for stomas: to defunction the distal bowel and as access to the gastrointestinal tract. Stoma formation is often considered a simple ..

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