Skin problems in ostomy patients: A case-control study of risk factors

Hanne Nybæk*, Dorte Bang Knudsen, Troels Nørgaard Laursen, Tonny Karlsmark, Gregor B.E. Jemec

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Skin complications are frequent in ostomy patients and a number of risk factors have been suggested. The data on risk factors have, however, been documented mainly in single-centre studies and the actual importance of the suggested risk factors should therefore be verified in a group of ostomy patients broadly selected from the general population. All patients with permanent ostomies living in Roskilde County, Denmark, were invited to participate in the study. A total of 338 responded and 199 agreed to participate. Forty-five percent of all patients presented a skin problem. Less than half (43%) of patients with a skin problem were aware of the skin problems, and less than 1 in 5 (16%) had sought treatment for their skin problem. Ileostomies, ostomies with leakage and ostomies in patients with body mass index >30 were associated with skin problems. In conclusion, ileostomy, leakage and obesity predisposed patients to peristomal skin problems. Other suggested risk factors appear to be weak or insignificant. Patients under-report the presence of peristomal skin problems and therefore it is suggested that they need to be assessed by a professional on a routine basis in order to avoid or better manage peristomal skin complications.

Sider (fra-til)64-67
Antal sider4
TidsskriftActa Dermato-Venereologica
Udgave nummer1
StatusUdgivet - 28 jan. 2009


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