A simple and inexpensive method of removal or replacement of gastrostomy tubes.

@article{Korula1991ASA,
  title={A simple and inexpensive method of removal or replacement of gastrostomy tubes.},
  author={J. Korula and C. Harma},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={1991},
  volume={265 11},
  pages={
          1426-8
        }
}
The safety of removal or replacement of gastrostomy tubes by simply cutting the tube and allowing the inner components to be eliminated intestinally was prospectively studied in 64 patients. In only one patient was the internal component lodged at the pylorus; it required endoscopic removal. Abdominal radiographs obtained in 57 patients confirmed complete elimination of internal percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy components in 48 patients (84%) and identified these components in the colon in… Expand
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