The skin disorders of abdominal stomas
Approximately one-third of stomas are formed because of malignant disease of the bowel or renal tract, one-third because of inflammatory bowel disease and one-third for a range of other disorders. There are no reliable national figures for the numbers of stomas formed each year in the UK, but patient groups estimate that at any one time there are 100,000–150,000 people with abdominal stomas in the UK. GPs with average-sized practices can therefore expect to have three or four stoma patients on their list. According to our research, as many as two-thirds of stoma patients will experience significant peristomal skin problems at some time.
Dermatology in practice 2002; 10(6): 24–30
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