Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: effect on survival.

@article{Spataro2011PercutaneousEG,
  title={Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: effect on survival.},
  author={Rossella Spataro and Leonardo Ficano and Federico Piccoli and Vincenzo La Bella},
  journal={Journal of the neurological sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={304 1-2},
  pages={44-8}
}
BACKGROUND Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is offered to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients with severe dysphagia. Immediate benefits of PEG are adequate food intake and weight stabilization. However, the impact of PEG on survival is still uncertain. In this work we retrospectively evaluated the effect of PEG on survival in a cohort of ALS patients followed in a tertiary referral centre. METHODS Between 2000 and 2007, 150 dysphagic ALS patients were followed until death or… CONTINUE READING