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Risks and side effects of PEG feeding tube ?

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Currently using tube feeding but worry to change to peg feeding.

Currently very weak and skinny, whether this peg feeding will lead complexity. infection and fever ???

please suggest.


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replied May 18th, 2007
Bipolar Disorder Answer A2692
A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is an endoscopic procedure wherein a tube is placed into the stomach through the abdominal wall. The procedure is performed in order to make the gastric feeding tube the long-term means of providing nutrition to patients who cannot take food orally. Many stroke patients, for example, are at risk of aspiration pneumonia due to poor control over the swallowing muscles; some will benefit from a PEG in order to maintain nutrition. A few complications may occur after a PEG procedure include Gastro-colic fistula: suspected if diarrhea appears a short time after feeding. In this case, the food goes directly from stomach to colon (usually transverse); or Gastric Separation; Peritonitis, and Gastrostomy tube site cellulitis.


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