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White milky thin discharge from the stoma site

Posted by hatlady, on Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:03 pm

I get this white milky discharge that comes straight from the stoma it self. Its like a pin point area on the stoma, in several areas, my stoma protreudes about one half inch out. amd the milky substance gathers around the base of the stoms and ends up pretty thick bt the end of the week or when i need to change. no odor, no itching, has anyone else have this?

Reply by Bill, on Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:55 am

Hello hatlady.

This sounds like it is 'mucus' that the lining of the gut produces naturally to help the smooth flow of faeces.

I get it in abundance both from the stoma and from the anal stump that was left behind after the operation.

It's interesting how it tends to coagulate after it's been in the open a while. I think it forms a protective barrier that stops other things from irritating the stoma and surrounding area. but that's just an opinion.

I believe you have absolutely nothing to be concerned about. However, with all these things, if you are worries about it thenseek advice from an ostomy nurse who will be able to professionally reassure you.

Best wishes


Reply by Newstom, on Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:32 am

I read Bills post with regard to mucus out and around the stoma. Then he said there's mucus from the anal stump left behind. I had a colostomy that's supposed to be reversed some day. My anus is dormant but I do get mucus discharge from there occasionally Is that normal?  Do you have the same situation and just refer to it as anal stump? It is inconvenient because I have to wear a long thin pad so as not to leak in my underwear from the back if their is a little too much mucus.

anyone have feed back on that?  Hope you all are healing! Seasons Greetings!

Reply by Bill, on Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:28 am

Hello Newstom.

The mucus discharge is quite normal. If it was not being produced, then the tube would get dry and sore.

Mine ranges from nothing some days to an enormous amount other days.

I wear incontinence pads bt have found that the mucus does not absorb very quickly into them. In order to rectify this, I fold up a bit of tissueand put that along the opening first. This absorbs the mucus quickly and then it is more slowly absorbed by the pads.

THis topic was discussed several times in the past and can be found in the CONTENT --'collections' on the right of the page. Look under 'stoma problems'.

I hope this helps

Best wishes


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