Percutaneous gastrostomy was performed in 27 patients with ages ranging from 7 months to 18 years (mean, 8 years). Patient weights ranged from 4.7 to 73 kg (mean, 25 kg). Access to the stomach was planned and achieved with only fluoroscopic guidance. The technical success rate was 100%. Major procedure-related complications including death, sepsis, hemorrhage, peritonitis, or early tube removal did not occur. The minor complication of local skin infection occurred in six patients. Twenty-six patients (96%) tolerated tube feedings well. Mean follow-up was 184 days, and median follow-up was 103 days. At 30 days, 26 patients (96%) were alive. Percutaneous gastrostomy under fluoroscopic guidance is a safe and effective method of obtaining long-term nonparenteral nutritional access in pediatric patients.
- Feeding tube, 72.1299
- Gastrostomy, 72.1299
- Interventional procedures, in infants and children
- gastroesophageal reflux
- lower esophageal sphincter pressure
- percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy