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Beaver ME, Myers JN, Griffenberg L, Waugh K. Percutaneous Fluoroscopic Gastrostomy Tube Placement in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1998;124(10):1141–1144. doi:10.1001/archotol.124.10.1141
To study the safety and efficacy of percutaneous fluoroscopic gastrostomy tube placement in patients with head and neck cancer.
We conducted a retrospective case review of 92 consecutive cases. Comparable access procedures and relevant literature were reviewed.
Academic tertiary care center.
Patients with head and neck cancer who underwent percutaneous fluoroscopic gastrostomy tube placement between January 1996 and July 1996.
Main Outcome Measures
Immediate, delayed, and long-term complications; tube malfunction; and tube placement failure.
The major complication rate was 1%; the minor complication rate was 8%; and the tube malfunction rate was 13%. The rate of successful tube placement was 98%. None of the patients required hospitalization as a result of the procedure.
Percutaneous fluoroscopic gastrostomy tube placement is a safe, economical, and comfortable method that has distinct advantages over other gastrostomy tube placement methods. It is recommended for enteral feeding and nutritional supplementation in patients with head and neck cancer.
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