What are the indications for ileostomy or colostomy in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Apr 10, 2020
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Ileorectal or ileocolonic anastomosis is an option available to some patients who have distal ileal or proximal colonic disease. In patients with severe perianal fistulas, a diverting ileostomy or colostomy is an option. In this procedure, the distal colon is defunctionalized and a temporary ileostomy or colostomy is created. The ileostomy or colostomy is then taken down after 6 months or longer. Many patients who pursue this option choose to forego reanastomosis after placement of a stoma and a consequent improvement in quality of life. Approximately 50% of patients who have the reanastomosis performed have recurrences of perianal disease.

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