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Harefuah. 1996 Feb 15;130(4):231-4; 296.

[Percutaneous feeding gastrostomy].

[Article in Hebrew]

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Dept. of Medicine, Laniado Hospital, Netanya.


In the past 3 years 71 procedures for insertion of a percutaneous gastrostomy for enteral feeding were performed under X-ray control. The indication for gastrostomy was inability or refusal of the patient to swallow food, in the absence of mechanical obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract. The age range was 66-93 years (mean 82). Most patients had suffered strokes and some had dementia or Parkinson's disease. The procedure was successful in 69/71 patients (97%). 9 (12.6%) died within 30 days of causes related to their underlying condition, rather than to the procedure; 1 developed peritonitis and 6 (8.4%) developed minor infections at the site of entry of the gastrostomy tube. This is the first account of this technique to appear in the Hebrew medical literature. In our opinion the technique should be adopted as the preferred method for forming a gastrostomy, as it is quicker, safer and cheaper than the operative method, and even easier to perform than endoscopic percutaneous gastrostomy.

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