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What is a PEG?

What is a PEG?

A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a procedure for placing a feeding tube directly into the stomach through a small incision in the abdominal wall using an instrument known as an endoscope. The procedure is  performed as a means of providing nutrition to patients who cannot take food by  mouth. Manystroke patients, for example, have poor control over their swallowing muscles and are  unable to safely consume enough food, or they have  muscle weakness that allows food to leak into the lungs when they swallow  things by mouth. Many of these patients will benefit from a PEG tube  in order to receive adequate nutrition and to prevent them from respiratory problems that develop when food or fluids accidentally get into the lungs.

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