Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to decompressive colostomy: laparotomy, stoma, loop colostomy, Abdominoperineal resection, caecostomy, Hartmann's procedure
decompressive colostomy, decompressing colostomy
A colostomy between the proximal colon and the abdominal wall. It is used to drain intestinal contents when an obstruction in the distal colon might otherwise cause the organ to perforate or rupture.
See also: colostomy
Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners