PEGs and ethics revisited: a timely reflection in the wake of the Terri Schiavo case.

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Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is an accepted technique for long-term enteral feeding. The demand of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy placement continues to increase because of the increasing numbers of vulnerable patients with chronic diseases coupled with the relative ease of insertion, and societal ambivalence about such treatment. Despite the… (More)

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