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Progressive malnutrition despite percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
  1. Francisco Bravo,
  2. Ioannis Kapoglou,
  3. Marion Bionda,
  4. Andrew J Macpherson,
  5. Niklas Krupka
  1. Department of Visceral Surgery and Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Inselspital University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Niklas Krupka, Department of Visceral Surgery and Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Inselspital University Hospital, Bern 3010, Switzerland; niklas.krupka{at}insel.ch

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Clinical presentation

A 52-year-old woman was admitted to the medical department of an external secondary care centre for progressive weight loss and diarrhoea. Three and a half months before the current presentation, the patient had received a percutaneous endoscopy gastrostomy (PEG) due to severe malnutrition caused by dysphagia in the setting of bulbar impairment by obstructive hydrocephalus. The current symptoms had started several weeks before the presentation and did not respond to changes of oral diet or enteral nutrition. The patient reported a weight loss of 2 kg; laboratory testing revealed an elevated C reactive protein (43 mg/L), hypoalbuminaemia (17 g/L) and hypophosphataemia (0.7 mmol/L) but no further abnormal results. Levels of faecal calprotectin were …

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  • Contributors FB and NK wrote and designed the manuscript and figures; FB and IK performed the endoscopies; MB and AJM coordinated the diagnostic and therapeutic steps.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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