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Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy?

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a procedure that places a tube through the abdominal wall and into the stomach.

A gastrostomy tube provides an alternative feeding site. It may be needed to:

  • Feed a person who has a hard time sucking or swallowing
  • Drain the stomach of fluids that have built up

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have a PEG, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:

  • PEG tube malfunction
  • Aspiration—accidental sucking into the airways of fluid, food, or any foreign material
  • Damage to other organs
  • Inflammation of the lining of the abdomen
  • Infection
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritation of skin near the tube
  • Death

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity or diabetes
  • Smoking, alcohol abuse , or drug use
  • Use of certain prescription medicines
  • Prior abdominal surgeries
  • Advanced age

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Pain that you cannot control...