A parastomal bulge (PB) is a frequent long-term complication after stoma formation. Most
parastomal bulging occurs within two years of stoma formation but is seen up to 20 years
post-surgery. A bulge may be relatively obvious or extremely difficult to diagnose, and
descriptions of symptoms vary from 'asymptomatic', 'symptomatic' to 'high symptom load'.
Previous studies report that quality of life as well as physical, psychological and social
function are affected in patients with parastomal bulging. However, there is a lack of
knowledge of patients' lived experiences with parastomal bulging. Insight into patients'
experiences of symptoms in relation to parastomal bulging and the impact on everyday life may
help identify issues of importance from the patient perspective. This, in turn, may help
professionals to better understand and support patients with PB, and be of help when
identifying patients' symptoms and determining relevant treatment strategies.