Digestive Disease Interventions 2018; 02(01): 072-078
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1639598
Review Article
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Percutaneous Transesophageal Gastric Tubes: Indications, Technique, Safety, Efficacy, and Management

Kevin M. Burns
1   Department of Interventional Radiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
Steven Y. Huang
1   Department of Interventional Radiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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Publication History

01 December 2017

09 February 2018

Publication Date:
29 March 2018 (online)


Percutaneous transesophageal gastric (PTEG) tube placement is an alternative method of gastric access for feeding or decompression in patients with contraindications to conventional gastrostomy tube placement such as peritoneal carcinomatosis, gastric wall tumors, ascites, or intervening organs. PTEG tube placement is safe with a high technical success rate and it can be placed with supplies available in most interventional radiology departments using ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance. PTEG tubes are highly efficacious at reducing symptoms in patients with malignant bowel obstruction as an alternative to long-term nasogastric decompression.

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