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Esophagostomy versus PEG feeding tubes in cats
PEG (Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) tubes for artificial nutrition are used very frequent in human medicine. In this study, the compliance and the rate of complications were compared in cats with either `classic` esophagostomy or PEG tubes. The result: the less invasive `classic` method is still an excellent alternative...

Esophagostomy feeding tubes were placed in 46 cats. PEG feeding tubes were placed in 21 cats.

Owner management and complications and facility of use were evaluated retrospectively by review of medical records and owner survey.

Both tube types were equally effective for maintenance of body weight, ease of owner management, and complication rates.

All of 12 owners surveyed were comfortable with PEG tube management. Ninety-six percent of 24 owners surveyed were comfortable with esophagostomy tube management.

The esophagostomy tube can be placed less invasively, without specialized equipment, making it an excellent alternative to the PEG tube.


Source: Lisa M. Ireland, Ann E. Hohenhaus, John D. Broussard, Brenda L. Weissman (2003): A Comparison of Owner Management and Complications in 67 Cats With Esophagostomy and Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Feeding Tubes. In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 39:241-246 (2003)




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