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What is a K pouch for colorectal cancer?

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Unlike a pouch that's attached to the anus to let you to go to the bathroom the usual way, the K pouch is a reservoir for stool inside your body with a nipple valve to keep it from leaking. The pouch is emptied through a stiff catheter in the stoma, which is covered with gauze. One problem with the pouch, and the reason it's not very popular among surgeons, is that the valve often comes undone, or slips, and another operation is needed to fix it.

From: Colorectal Cancer Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: The American Cancer Society. The National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

SOURCE: The American Cancer Society. The National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

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