DR BARRY SLAVEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR BARRY SLAVEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Enterocutaneous fistula. Close-up of an enterocutaneous fistula with a rubber catheter (red tube) inserted into the small intestine (red, centre). An enterocutaneous fistula is an abnormal link between the bowel and the skin that allows the contents of the intestines to leak through an opening in the skin. Here, residual patches of adhesive, used to hold an ostomy bag in place to collect the small bowel contents, can be seen. The condition is usually corrected surgically.
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