Cecostomy tube: Common problems

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Learn about some of the problems your child may have if they have a cecostomy tube (C-tube). Problems can include the C-tube moving, falling out, getting blocked or causing skin problems.

Key points

  • A cecostomy is an opening from the outside of the body on the abdomen to the cecum, the first part of the large intestine.
  • A cecostomy tube (C-tube) is placed in the opening to help your child empty their bowel.
  • If your child's C-tube falls out, try to insert a Foley catheter to keep the hole to your child's intestine open.
  • If your child's C-tube gets blocked you can try to clear it using a 10 mL syringe and warm water.
  • A C-tube may cause skin problems such as redness and infection.
  • Warm salt water soaks can be used three to four times a day to help your child when they have a skin problem around the C-tube.
Last updated: February 8th 2018