Hi Sam: I am an ET nurse It is normal to have bleeding from the stoma as it has a large blood supply. However have you noticed any little bumps forming on the stoma. These are called granulomas and can bleed easily and a lot. Is the blood coming from inside the stoma or on top of the stoma? What kind of ostomy do you have? You may require a scope to see where the bleeding is coming from. Sometimes these little granulomas are inside the stoma and as the stool passes through it irritates them and causes bleeding. The granulomas on the stoma can be cauterized with Silver Nitrate and they will dry up and go away. The internal granulomas need to be cauterized by a scope and the Dr. Are you on a blood thinner as that will cause more bleeding. Hope this helps. Joy
Hi -Just came across this letter.I have had a stoma for 10yrs..In 2012/3 I had my granulomas from arounf the outside removed following a scan for cancer in the stoma which was all clear. However, lately I have noticed blood clot like stuff come out into the bag.. I Have seen the Stoma nurse who said it looked okay and was looking good.. Any suggestions as to the cause? .. seemed to be more regular when I was working as a groundsman for our lads football..or is it something I eat that would scratched the insides of stoma? cheers R
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Like the ET nurse said, the tissue can become very sensitive and it's hard to say exactly where it is coming from and why it is happening. What kind of stoma do you have? Do you have crohn's or colitis? Maybe IBS? Has your output been different at all? Finding where the blood is coming from is the first step and that does require a doctors hand as you may need a scope.