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Doctor insights on: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tube Insertion

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Can a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (peg tube) cause any breathng or coughing symptoms?

Can a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (peg tube) cause any breathng or coughing symptoms?

It should not: The peg tube should be placed in the stomach and should not cause respiratoyr symptoms . The placement of the tube can be checked to insure that it is in good postion in the stomach and an chest xray can insure that there is no pneumonia. It is important to be sure to avoid overfilling the stomach with food or liquid from the tube as this could lead to vomiting and possible aspiration. ...Read more

Percutaneous (Definition)

In surgery, percutaneous pertains to any medical procedure where access to inner organs or other tissue is done via needle-puncture of the skin, rather than by using an "open" approach where inner organs or tissue are exposed (typically with the use of a scalpel). The percutaneous approach is commonly used in vascular procedures. This involves a needle catheter getting access ...Read more


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How does a mom care for the skin around baby's gastrostomy tube?

How does a mom  care for the skin around  baby's gastrostomy tube?

Easy: Keep it clean with soap and water. Use whatever type of baby wash you would normally use. Sometimes a crust developes this can be wiped gently with warm water several times a day. This is common when the tube is new. After several months the tube site will become lines with skin (epithelium) and be much easier to care for. ...Read more

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How can I help make my baby comfortable if he has a gastrostomy tube?

How can I help make my baby comfortable if  he has a gastrostomy tube?

Venting: Sometimes babies swallow air that they cannot burp. This distends the stomach and makes them uncomfortable. Venting the tube and draining the air will make them more comfortable. It is like "burping" them through the tube. ...Read more

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How do you administer or start a gastrostomy tube feeding?

How do you administer or start a gastrostomy tube feeding?

Instructions: You should be supplied proper information from your surgeon, nurse, or hospital dietician. There are many types of feedings available & need to be tailored to the person's needs. Not complicated, but need the proper training & instructions to be done correctly. ...Read more

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What problems can happen when my baby has a gastrostomy tube in place?

What problems can happen when my baby has a gastrostomy tube in place?

Falling out/blockage: The common problems related to a g-tube include: site care - sometimes the gastric juices cause chronic irritation around the site requiring regular skin care ; obstruction, be sure to follow instructions for flushing after use; falling out, if the g tube anchor deflates and the tube falls out it needs to be re-inserted soon or the hole will begin to close. ...Read more

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When must I call the doctor if my baby has a gastrostomy tube?

When must I call the doctor if my baby has a gastrostomy tube?

If tube falls out,: If there is severe skin excoriation or infection at the tube site, or if there is appreciable bleeding. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby's gastrostomy tube need to be replaced or removed?

How do I know if my baby's gastrostomy tube need to be replaced or removed?

Depends: If your baby is able to eat by mouth and maintain good growth velocity for 2-3 months without needing or using the feeding tube then it most likely can be discontinued. If the tube is needed and it leakes or clogs then it should be replaced some tubes are only good for 3-4 months at a stretch. ...Read more

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When administrating medication through an ng tube or gastrostomy tube, how many mls of saline is used to flush for pediatric patients?

When administrating medication through an ng tube or gastrostomy tube, how many mls of saline is used to flush for pediatric patients?

Depends on med: Five to ten mL is a general amount of saline flush in larger children, depending on the viscosity of the medication being delivered through the tube. Infants and very small children may require less. ...Read more

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How would I feed my baby through his gastrostomy tube?

How would I   feed my baby through his gastrostomy tube?

Several ways: Babies can be fed by bolus through the tube or by continuous drip. Bolus allows the feeding to go slowly into the stomach over 20-30 minutes. This allows the baby to be paced. Drip means slower smaller volumes going into the stomach continuously and usually uses a pump. ...Read more