PEG (Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) -FEEDING TUBE

What is percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy?

A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is an endoscopic procedure to place a feeding tube to stomach. These feeding tubes are often called PEG tubes . The tube allows you to receive nutrition directly through your stomach. This type of feeding is also known as enteral feeding or enteral nutrition.

Who needs a PEG tube?

You may benefit from a PEG tube if you have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). Causes of dysphagia may include:

  • Brain injury.
  • Head and neck cancer.
  • Stroke.
  • Chronic appetite loss due to severe illnesses like cancer.

Feeding tubes may also be useful if you have a condition that interferes with how your body processes nutrition. For example, you may benefit from a PEG tube if you have cystic fibrosis or receive dialysis for kidney failure. Someone in a coma may receive a PEG tube to help keep them alive.