Indications, complications and long-term follow-up of patients undergoing percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy: A retrospective study.

Wiener klinische Wochenschrift
Fatih ErmisHasan Nazik


Gastroenterology units have faced a major increase in referrals for PEG insertion over the last decade. For this reason we decided to review our PEG insertion procedures with regard to indications, complications and follow-up. The indications, success of procedure, complications, long-term results of PEG in patients of Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Haydarpasa Training Hospital between October 2002 and April 2009 were retrospectively evaluated. 81 patients had undergone PEG insertion and follow-up information has been available for 77 patients. 40 were men with the mean age of all patients 70.74 ± 20.82 (range 20 to 104 years). PEG was successfully placed in all patients except in one patient who had gastric bleeding during the procedure. There was only one mortality related with the placement procedure. The most common indication for PEG was neurologic disorders in 71 (92%) patients. Other indications were head and neck cancers in 6 (8%) patients. Median follow-up period was 12 months (range, 3 days to 78 months). PEG related complications were seen in only 14 patients (18.2%) in 16 events with a total complication rate as 21%. PEG placement is a safe procedure and well-tolerated with a low mortality and complication rate e...Continue Reading


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