What does it mean when a report says..

  1. Hi I am doing a term paper on my patient that had a colostomy w/hartman and I was wondering if you could tell me what it means when the report says...

    "it looks a little dusky..." is he refering to the color of the stoma?

    Also what the heck is "Paracolic gutter?" Ok I FOUND this one

    But Edited to add - I have looked all over the web for a definition for intramural abcess...any thoughts??


    these were the only 2 things I didn't understand on her discharge summary...

    This case is very interesting and it's fun to dive into a case like this. I appreciate your help.
    Last edit by jdomep on Apr 10, '03
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  3. by   Sleepyeyes
    Sounds like you could use an online medical dictionary. This one's free; just type in the word you want on the search field.

  4. by   Sleepyeyes
    PS If you can't find a definition for a 2-word term, try doing a search of the separate items.
  5. by   jdomep
    Well I think I understand the terms now - looking up seperately helped

    But I'd still like to know if "dusky" would be terming the stoma color or what was in the bag??
  6. by   Sleepyeyes
    stoma color, because that's one of the things you check a colostomy for.

    should be pink/red, with pink, intact skin around site, etc.
  7. by   Sleepyeyes
    New stomas should look like this:http://www.ostomates.org/stomapics/colopics.html
  8. by   jdomep
    Thanks I thought so but didn't want to quote it wrong in my apa paper. I used that websight for a few of my references - it was really helpful. Now I just have to put it all together to get 13 pages - thanks for your time .

    Have a great weekend
  9. by   Sleepyeyes
    No prob, Julie, have a great weekend. I'm sure you'll get an "A."