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The BCIR is a surgically-created pouch, or reservoir, on the inside of the abdomen, made from the last part of the small intestine (the ileum), and is used for the storage of intestinal waste.
The pouch works by storing the liquid waste which is drained several times a day, using a small silicone tube, called a catheter. This catheter is inserted through the opening on the abdomen into the pouch. The capacity of the internal pouch increases steadily after surgery, from 50ccs, when first constructed, to 600cc to 1000cc (about one quart) over a period of months, when the pouch fully matures.
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