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Patient Selection for Pediatric Gastrostomy Tubes: Are We Placing Tubes That Are Not Being Used?
6 days ago - By Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Gastrostomy tube placement is one of the most commonly performed operations in children. GT placement is often performed in pediatric inpatients, typically in the neonatal intensive care unit or pediatric intensive care unit, when long-term enteral feeding access is anticipated. The indications for pediatric GTs vary widely from acquired needs and chronic conditions such developmental disorders causing inability to swallow, inadequate nutrient absorption, craniofacial abnormalities, gastrointestinal malformations, or failure to thrive secondary to prematurity .
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