The authors report their experience in the use of the ConsealTM(Coloplast S.p.A., Bologna, Italy) Colostomy Plug, a new device for the regulation of continence in patients with colostomies. The devices were tested on 57 patients divided into two groups: Group A (36 patients) ht with a two-piece ConsealTMsystem and Group B (21 patients) fit with a one-piece ConsealTMsystem. All patients had the same colostomy type, and all were trained for self-irrigation. The objectives of this randomized, prospective study were to determine compliance with the different systems, to identify the advantages, and to verify the possible different applications among the population of irrigated patients. The following results were obtained. Regarding compliance: Group A's results were excellent in 22.2 percent and good in 52.7 percent of patients. Group B had better compliance than Group A (excellent in 66.6 percent and good in 19 percent of patients). Regarding controlled evacuation, continence time, and silent gas emission: in Group A, the device permitted controlled evacuations (23.8 percent of patients practicing daily washouts) with silent and odorless gas emission (100 percent of cases). In Group B, the results concerning improvement in continence were good (33.3 percent of patients) and excellent concerning the emission of flatus. Regarding the potential use of both systems in different groups of self-irrigated patients: the study has revealed the ConsealTMUni-system as being ideal for patients with a well-constructed stoma, slight gas distention, and a better psychologic adaptability to largersized systems. In all other cases, the alternative two-piece system is more suitable, owing to the better safety it offers.
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