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Volume 16/Issue 5, September 2020

Stoma associated morbidity in the preterm infant

Claire Granger, Natalie Smee, Eilidh Duncan, Timothy Bradnock, Judith Simpson


Babies born prematurely are at risk of developing gastrointestinal complications that may require small bowel resection with or without stoma formation. The evidence base regarding the optimal initial surgical intervention and the subsequent timing of stoma closure is limited. To help inform the design of future randomised controlled trials investigating the optimal timing of stoma closure, we describe current practice and outcomes including stoma-related complications in a cohort of preterm infants who underwent stoma formation at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow.

Optimal timing of stoma closure in preterm infants is unknown. Complications following stoma formation are common and associated with significant morbidity. Complications can be related to poor growth, vascular access or the stoma itself.
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