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Title: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy: the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital experience.
Austin Authors: Sali, A;Wong, P T;Read, A;McQuillan, T;Conboy, D
Affiliation: Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Heidelberg Repatriation General Hospital, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 1-Jul-1993
Publication information: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery; 63(7): 545-50
Abstract: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) was performed on 32 patients (mean age 75 years) who were dysphagic but enteral alimentation was possible. Seventeen patients were recovering from a stroke; the interval between the onset of stroke and PEG averaged 44 days. The procedure was successful and well tolerated by 16 of these 17 patients. Ten patients (31%) still had a functioning PEG, a median of 30 weeks after placement. Seven patients whose swallowing recovered had their tubes removed an average of 3 months after their insertion. Fifteen patients (47%) subsequently died from their underlying disease, a mean of 126 days following PEG. There were no deaths directly related to catheter placement. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is a useful alternative to surgical gastrostomy in elderly patients with long-term oral feeding problems.
Gov't Doc #: 8317980
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Adult
Aged, 80 and over
Cerebrovascular Disorders.complications
Gastrostomy.adverse effects
Middle Aged
Parenteral Nutrition, Total
Postoperative Complications
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