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Colostomy - Series

Indication

Indication

Overview

A colostomy is done when the lower large intestine, rectum, or anus is unable to function normally or needs rest from normal functions. Intestinal obstruction with associated inflammation, as in diverticulitis, is a common indication for colostomy.

Update Date 1/29/2013