What is percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement?

Updated: Dec 13, 2018
  • Author: Gaurav Arora, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Danny A Sherwinter, MD  more...
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Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), first described by Gauderer in 1980, [1]  is a method of placing a tube into the stomach percutaneously, aided by endoscopy. PEG tube placement is one of the most commonly performed endoscopic procedures, and an estimated 100,000-125,000 are performed annually in the United States. [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Variations of the technique include the pull (Ponsky), push (Sachs-Vine), introducer (Russell), and Versa (T-fastener) methods. Bronchoscope-guided PEG tube placement has also been described. [7]  Of these, the pull method is the most commonly used.

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