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Skin disorders: Malignant wounds, fistulas, and stomas 

Skin disorders: Malignant wounds, fistulas, and stomas
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Skin disorders: Malignant wounds, fistulas, and stomas
Author(s):

Susie Seaman

and Barbara M. Bates-Jensen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0018
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date: 12 November 2018

Skin disorders are both emotionally and physically challenging for patients and caregivers. Cutaneous symptoms may be the result of disease progression, complications associated with end-stage disease or the end of life, or simple changes in function of urinary or fecal diversions. All cutaneous symptoms require attention to basic care issues, creativity in management strategies, and thoughtful attention to the psychosocial implications of cutaneous manifestations. Although the goals of care do not include curing the condition, they always include alleviating the distressing symptomatology and improving quality of life. The most distressing symptoms associated with skin disorders are odor, exudate, and pain.

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