GJ and G tube complication rates-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Although gastrostomy (G) tubes and gastrojejunostomy (GJ) tubes had similar complication rates and emergency department visits, GJ tube complications were more likely to result in intervention by radiology.[1]


  1. Ronning, Meghann Marie, Gaillard, Philippe, Wey, Andrew, and Roback, Mark G. Comparison of Emergency Department Visits for Complications of Gastrostomy Versus Gastrojejunostomy Tubes in Children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2017 Oct;33(10):e71-e74.

    GJ Tube placement expectations-Tuesday Tube Facts

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    After the GJ Tube placement the patient can return to the hospital room where they will rest for 2-4 hours. The G-port will be attached to suction for at least 4 hours.[1]

    Feedings through the J-port can be started after the patient rests for a few hours. Abdominal pain at the new site for a few days is normal.[1]


    1. UW Health.Gastrojejunostomy Tube (GJ Tube) | Health and Nutrition Facts for You | Patients & Families, UW Health , Oct. 2020, https://patient.uwhealth.org/healthfacts/7986.

    13k GJ tubes placed-Tuesday Tube Facts

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    In 2014, approximately 13,000 gastrojejunostomy tubes were placed.[1]

    This accounted for 5% of all feeding tubes placed that year.[1]


    1. Guenter, P., Read, J. ASPEN Enteral Nutrition by the Numbers: EN Data Across the Healthcare Continuum. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2017.

    First PEG in IR in 1981-Tuesday Tube Facts

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    The first percutaneous gastrostomy (PEG) tube that was placed under radiological guidance was in 1981.[1]

    Placement via radiological guidance was initially developed for cases where endoscopy could not be performed or was too risky to be attempted.[1]


    1. Ray DM, Srinivasan I, Tang SJ, Vilmann AS, Vilmann P, McCowan TC, Patel AM. Complementary roles of interventional radiology and therapeutic endoscopy in gastroenterology. World J Radiol 2017; 9(3): 97-111

    PEG fewer complications-Tuesday Tube Facts

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    Surgical gastrostomy has the highest total complication rate of 29% compared to approximately 15% for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) or radiological gastrostomy.[1]

    Complications may include tube blockage, infection, or abscess among others.[1]


    1. Karthikumar, Balasubramanian et al. “Percutaneous gastrostomy placement by intervention radiology: Techniques and outcome.” The Indian journal of radiology & imaging vol. 28,2 (2018): 225-231. doi:10.4103/ijri.IJRI_393_17