Cervical Esophago-Gastric Tubes for Patients with Malignant Ascites Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Carcinoma, Large Cell
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
  • Lung Neoplasms

abstract

  • Patients with chronic small bowel obstruction and malignant ascites from diffuse peritoneal carcinomatosis have limited options for gastrointestinal decompression as part of end-of-life palliation. Insertion of a percutaneous gastrostomy tube is relatively contraindicated in patients with ascites. Alternatively, nasogastric tube placement often leads to significant discomfort to patients and necessitates hospitalization during their last days of life. Here, we demonstrate how placing a percutaneous cervical esophago-gastric tube can allow adequate gastrointestinal decompression for terminal patients with malignant small bowel obstruction. This palliative measure allows them to remain in the comfort of their own homes after the procedure.

publication date

  • July 29, 2016

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC5187358

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11605-016-3211-2

PubMed ID

  • 27474099