G/GJ tubes: Managing a leaking stoma

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Learn the difference between discharge and stoma leakage, and what to do if your child's stoma is leaking.

Key points

  • It is normal for the stoma to produce small amounts of thin, yellow-green discharge that sticks to the tube.
  • Small amounts of stomach contents, water or formula leaking from the stoma are common but too much leakage can cause skin irritation, breakdown and enlargement of the stoma.
  • Leakage may be caused by tube movement, hypergranulation tissue, a cracked tube, infection, and conditions that increase pressure in the stomach.
  • Prevent leakage by limiting movement of the stoma.
Last updated: March 26th 2018