Complications associated with percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes

Vishal Ghevariya, Vani Paleti, Mojdeh Momeni, Mahesh Krishnaiah, Sury Anand

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Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube has now become a method of choice for long-term nutritional support, especially for the geriatric population. Technical advances during the past two decades have made this method a less expensive alternative to parenteral nutrition and more acceptable to patients. As literature demonstrating the benefits of enteral over parenteral nutrition mounts, we expect a continuous rise in the use of PEG tubes. Although considered safe, PEG tube placement can be associated with a diverse range of complications. This article describes a variety of PEG tube-related complications, preventive strategies, and treatment options for complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


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