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Surg Endosc. 1990;4(3):173-4.

Repeat percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG): an outpatient procedure.

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Department of Surgery, Akron City Hospital, Ohio.


Patients who have previously undergone percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) with subsequent PEG removal occasionally require elective repeat PEG. Adhesion of the stomach to the abdominal wall after the original PEG allows repeat PEG to be performed as an outpatient procedure and full-volume tube feeding to be started immediately. Elective repeat PEG was performed in ten patients. Repeat PEG was performed at the site of the original PEG in all cases. Six of the ten repeat PEGs were performed as an outpatient procedure. No complications were attributed to repeat PEG, and full-volume tube feedings were tolerated in all cases when attempted. To obviate the need for repeat PEG, we recommend immediate replacement after inadvertent PEG removal and avoiding elective removal of PEGs used in patients with long-term neurologic impairment for at least 6 months.

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