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What does purplish ring around stoma opening indicate?

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Posted on Mon, 1 Jun 2015
Question: Last week I was seen by my ID doctor for weird symptoms of a purple color in my night ileal conduit drainage bag. I have a follow up appointment this week to figure out what to do and how to treat this. Since then though, I have developed a purplish colored ring around my stoma opening and have had issues of diarrhea. Should I be concerned and heading to the doctor prior to my appointment on Wednesday. The stoma opening is very tiny and telescopes inward. It doesn't sit at or above the skin level. It's been this way for years and the urologist wasn't worried about it as long as it was draining. What is the best thing to do here?
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Answered by Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari (8 hours later)
Brief Answer:
If the illeostomy is functioning then there is no cause for concern

Detailed Answer:
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Dear Ms

The purplish discolouration is likely to be due to congestion of stoma, due to narrowing of opening of stoma and retraction of stoma. Exact assessment is possible after clinical examination. Providing clinical photograph will be helpful.

As long as stoma is functioning well and mucosa of illeostomy is pink in colour , there is no cause for concern.

Do send me clinical photograph for further assessment.

Take Care

Best Regards
Dr Deepak Kaltari
Consultant Surgeon
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What does purplish ring around stoma opening indicate?

Brief Answer: If the illeostomy is functioning then there is no cause for concern Detailed Answer: Hi Welcome to Healthcare-Magic Greetings of the day Dear Ms The purplish discolouration is likely to be due to congestion of stoma, due to narrowing of opening of stoma and retraction of stoma. Exact assessment is possible after clinical examination. Providing clinical photograph will be helpful. As long as stoma is functioning well and mucosa of illeostomy is pink in colour , there is no cause for concern. Do send me clinical photograph for further assessment. Take Care Best Regards Dr Deepak Kaltari Consultant Surgeon