The feeding gastrostomy: Friend or foe

Thomas C. King, A. G. Ramos, J. M. Zimmerman

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Abstract

A study of the results of gastrostomies intended to facilitate feeding in thirty-one chronically ill patients casts doubt on the rationale for such an elective surgical procedure in poor risk patients (48 per cent mortality). A high complication rate and modest incidence of satisfactory lasting results does not suggest an advantage over intermittent nasogastric intubation or indwelling small caliber nasogastric tubes for feeding purposes, although no controlled comparative studies have been done.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-452
Number of pages3
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery
Volume109
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1965
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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