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   Posted 5/31/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
My 36 year old sister was involved in a horseback riding accident almost 4 weeks ago. She has had a colostomy for over 2 weeks and this morning her abdomen starting hurting and when she removed the pad from the wound she had feces coming out of the wound that she sustained in the accident. she immediatelycalled the doctor and he said it was normal, that it could happen everyday. This is not the mucous discharge i have read about, it is actual feces ( and lots of it). The wound she has was over 11cm deep and is now around 8cm. the wound has to be flushed and repacked  3 times daily. could someone please help?

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 5/31/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have an answer for you, but I'm sure one of the colostomy folks will be here shortly.
Breast Cancer at 36. Diagnosed in 2000. Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Status post partial colectomy, but now heading towards a left hemicolectomy.
Son diagnosed with Crohn's at 17 (now 20). Taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups.

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   Posted 5/31/2007 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I had this issue with my inscision and I ended up on a wound vac. The resident got feces in my inscision though it was not seeping out. I do have an abdominal abscess though and at 1 point there were fistulas from my intestines that caused feces to be drawn out of the abscess. The abscess also made fistulas. When I flush my drain daily some of the saline comes out at the bottom of my wound still as well as from around the stoma. Due to the abscess not getting any better now the doctor is going to resect the ileostomy next month rather than 6 months post op
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temporary iliostomy February 19 2007
Ovarian cysts dx 1994, migraines dx 1996, allergies (including food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (sligtly different than true food allergies), Astham dx 1984, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia Sx 1987
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   Posted 5/31/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Feces coming out of a wound that is not an ostomy is not normal. She needs to see a doctor, preferably a different doctor than the one that told her that it was normal.
25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade, now on antibiotics and prednisone, currently awaiting liver biopsy to see where we go from here.

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