The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 79–94

Control of the colostomy

  • Albert S. Lyons

DOI: 10.1007/BF02236120

Cite this article as:
Lyons, A.S. Digest Dis Sci (1956) 1: 79. doi:10.1007/BF02236120


The goal of colostomy control (of the sigmoid colostomy) is the attainment by the patient of security, normal activity, and freedom from the fear of fecal leakage. The sentinels which guard this security are psychologic adjustment, a well-constructed stoma, an efficient system of irrigation, a suitable interval between irrigations, and an adequate diet suited to the patient, which avoids diarrhea and produces constipation without impaction.

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© Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., Medical Book Department of Harper & Brothers 1956

Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert S. Lyons
    • 1
  1. 1.From the Surgical Service of the Mount Sinai HospitalNew York