Clinimed - Life with a stoma
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Peri-stomal ulcers often occur from continual friction, repeated tearing or even chemical irritation due to urine or faecal waste on the surface of the skin. The top layer of the skin will start to break down and erode leaving a small hole. This can break down into a much larger hole if left untreated.

The picture above shows a stoma that has become flush with the peristomal skin. A convexity product was used to stop the leakage from the appliance but an ulcer developed. A flat pouch was used in conjunction with Hyperseal® washers to stop leakage.

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