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Percutaneous endoscopic versus surgically placed gastrostomy tubes
Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tubes are very popular in human medicine but less in small animal medicine. If a gastrostomy tube is indicated, it is placed surgically in most dogs and cats. Is it really necessary, and how are the complications if both techniques are compared? A very interesting study performed on nearly 100 patients.

Dogs and cats that had a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube or surgically placed gastrostomy (SPG) tube inserted were retrospectively analyzed to compare complication rates and the severity of complications.

Complication rates and severity scores were not significantly different when the PEG tube group was compared to the SPG tube group in either dogs or cats.

Only when data from dogs and cats were combined did PEG tubes have a significantly higher complication rate and significantly greater complication severity scores.



Source: Brenda Jo Salinardi, Kenneth R. Harkin, Barret J. Bulmer, James K. Roush (2006): Comparison of Complications of Percutaneous Endoscopic Versus Surgically Placed Gastrostomy Tubes in 42 Dogs and 52 Cats. In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 42:51-56 (2006)



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