Techniques in Coloproctology

, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp 641–648 | Cite as

Factors associated with hospital readmission following diverting ileostomy creation

  • W. Li
  • L. StocchiEmail author
  • D. Cherla
  • G. Liu
  • A. Agostinelli
  • C. P. Delaney
  • S. R. Steele
  • E. Gorgun
Original Article



The creation of a diverting loop ileostomy is associated with the risk of readmission due to stoma-related complications. We hypothesized that the assessment of our institution-specific readmissions following ileostomy creation would help identifying at-risk groups which should be the focus of future preventative strategies.


Patients who underwent loop ileostomy formation from 2009 to 2013 were reviewed. We evaluated readmissions within 30 days after discharge following loop ileostomy construction. Possible associations between readmission and demographic, disease-related and treatment-related factors were assessed using univariate and multivariate analyses.


Out of 1267 patients undergoing loop ileostomy construction, 163 patients (12.9%) were readmitted. The main causes of readmissions were organ/space infections (43, 3.4%), small bowel obstruction/ileus (42, 3.3%) and dehydration (38, 3%). Independent factors associated with overall readmission were cardiovascular (OR = 2.0) and renal comorbidity (OR = 2.9), preoperative chemo/radiotherapy (OR = 4.0), laparoscopic approach (OR = 1.7) and longer operative time (OR = 1.2). Cancer diagnosis was associated with reduced readmission rates (OR = 0.2). Independent factors associated with readmission due to dehydration were chemo/radiotherapy (OR = 4.7) and laparoscopic approach (OR = 2.6).


Dehydration associated with diverting ileostomy creation was relevant as an individual cause of readmission, but its overall incidence was relatively rare. Dedicated strategies to prevent dehydration should be directed to patients who received chemoradiotherapy and/or laparoscopic surgery.


Readmission Diverting ileostomy Educational ileostomy pathways 


Author contributions

All authors made substantial contributions to concept and design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the article and revising the article critically. All authors approve of the final version to be published.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All applicable ethical standards were adhered to in the performance of this study and creation of the submitted manuscript.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. Stocchi
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. Cherla
    • 1
  • G. Liu
    • 1
  • A. Agostinelli
    • 1
  • C. P. Delaney
    • 1
  • S. R. Steele
    • 1
  • E. Gorgun
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Colorectal Surgery, Digestive Disease and Surgery InstituteCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Guangzhou First People’s HospitalGuangzhou Medical UniversityGuangzhouChina

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