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One-step low-profile gastrostomy device in dogs - complications
One-step low-profile gastrostomy device is a technique which is used for a variety of reasons in dogs. Can it be recommended and how common are complications? A very informative noew study!

Sixteen dogs and cats with a variety of primary diseases were retrospectively evaluated following endoscopic placement of a one-step low-profile gastrostomy device.

Overall, the devices were well tolerated, with most complications being minor in nature.

Complications included bloody or purulent peristomal discharge, peristomal swelling, peristomal inflammation, discomfort associated with the device, leaking through the device, chewing at the device, premature removal of the device, peritonitis, and aspiration pneumonia.

Dogs survived for up to 2241 days, and cats survived for up to 593 days after initial device placement.

The median survival time after device insertion for dogs was 89 days, and for cats it was 87 days.



Source: Scott J. Campbell, Stanley L. Marks, Sean K. Yoshimoto, Darlene L. Riel, Andrea J. Fascetti (2006): Complications and Outcomes of One-Step Low-Profile Gastrostomy Devices for Long-Term Enteral Feeding in Dogs and Cats. In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 42:197-206 (2006)




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