Endoscopic repair of gastrostomy after inadvertent removal of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube

J M Blocksom, C Sugawa, S Tokioka, E Field
Surgical Endoscopy 2004, 18 (5): 868-70
Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement has become the preferred method of enteral feeding for many patients. Neurologic disease and cancer are the most frequent indications for PEG tube placement. PEG tubes are also becoming more frequent in trauma patients for early initiation of enteral feeding. Inadvertent PEG tube removal is a well-known complication of PEG tubes. Patients undergoing PEG tube placement are frequently malnourished and in poor general medical condition, making them relatively high risk for surgical intervention. In the past, after early inadvertent PEG removal, patients underwent laparotomy for surgical repair of the gastrostomy site. Recently, laparoscopic replacement of the PEG tube has been described. We present a new technique of endoscopic repair of the gastrostomy site with hemoclip placement followed by later PEG tube placement.

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