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Gastrostomy tube placement - series

Indications

Indications

Overview

Gastrostomy tubes are inserted for various reasons. They may be needed temporarily or permanently.

Gastrostomy tube insertion may be recommended for:

  • birth defects of the mouth, esophagus, or stomach (esophageal atresia or tracheal esophageal fistula)
  • problems with sucking and/or swallowing, for example in patients debilitated by stroke or dementia

Update Date 5/16/2012

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