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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


colostomy irrigation  listen  (koh-LOS-toh-mee EER-ih-GAY-shun)

  A procedure in which a patient with a colostomy flushes the colon with water, using a tube that is inserted into the stoma (a surgically created opening in the body that connects an organ or area inside the body with the outside). This causes the colon to empty and pass stool through the stoma into a bag. The procedure should be done at the same time every day. It may allow colostomy patients to have better control over their bodies.