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Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Roland Warner et al.

A stoma (plural stomata) is defined as an artificially created connection between two hollow organs or a hollow organ and the skin. A surgical procedure that involves the creation of a stoma carries the suffix "-ostomy".

For a discussion of imaging features and potential complications, please refer to the individual articles below.



Stomas are usually created as the result of a surgical procedure.


Various types of stoma have been described. They may be classified according to the organ systems involved:

History and etymology

Derived from the Greek for "mouth".

Article information

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Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Stomata

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