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Ileostomy. Coloured magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the abdomen of a 27-year-old patient, showing a stoma (dark patch, lower centre-right), formed at the end of the ileum (small intestine, red) after the colon was removed due to colon cancer. An ileostomy is a surgical opening constructed by bringing the end or loop of the ileum out onto the surface of the skin to form a stoma. Faeces is therefore passed out through the stoma into a bag attached to the abdomen, rather than passing through the colon and out of the body through the anus.
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