TableĀ 2

Commonest indications for PEG placement.

Indications for PEG feeding3
Neurological disorders of swallowingFor example, cerebrovascular accident (CVA), multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy
Cognitive impairment and depressed consciousnessHead injury
Mechanical obstruction to swallowingOropharyngeal or oesophageal cancer, radiation enteropathy
Long-term partial failure of intestinal function requiring supplemental intakeShort bowel, fistulae, cystic fibrosis
  • PEG, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy.