Inadvertent percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement through the transverse colon to the stomach causing intractable diarrhea: A Case Report

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Background. Among patients with chronic disease, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tubes are a common mechanism to deliver enteral feedings to patients unable to feed by mouth. While several cases in the literature describe difficulties with and complications of the initial placement of the PEG, few studies have documented the effects of a delayed diagnosis of a misplaced tube. Methods. This case study reviews the hospitalization of an 82 year old male with an inadvertent placement of a PEG tube through the transverse colon. Photos of the placement in the stomach as well as those of the follow up colonoscopy, and a recording of the episodes of diarrhea during the hospitalization were made. Results. The records of this patient reveal complaints of gastrointestinal distress and diarrhea immediately after placement of the tube. Placement in the stomach was verified by endoscopy, with discovery of the tube only after a follow up colonoscopy. The tube remained in place after this discovery, and was removed weeks after the diarrhea was unsuccessfully treated with antibiotics. After tube removal, the patient recovered well and was sent home. © 2011 David T. Burke et al.

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Burke, D. T., Geller, A. I., Carayannopoulos, A. G., & Goldstein, R. (2011). Inadvertent percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement through the transverse colon to the stomach causing intractable diarrhea: A Case Report. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy. https://doi.org/10.1155/2011/849460

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