Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

  • Jennifer Lang
  • Shahid Shafi


Malnutrition is a common problem in patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Enteral nutrition has been shown to be superior to improve morbidity and mortality rates compared to parenteral nutrition.1 Enteral feeding prevents gut atrophy and bacterial translocation, thereby reducing infectious complications, such as pneumonias and intra-abdominal abscesses.1 Traditionally, long-term enteral access for nutrition was provided via surgically placed feeding gastrostomy or feeding jejunostomy tubes. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement, as described by Gauder and Ponsky in 1980, is now the method of long-term enteral access for nutrition.2


Abdominal Wall Anorexia Nervosa Enteral Nutrition Guide Wire Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryBaylor Health Care SystemGrapevineUSA

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