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Conditions Related to Gastrostomy

Doctors recommend tube feeding for patients who can’t ingest food through their mouth. They usually suffer from one of the more common related conditions to gastrostomy below:
  • Congenital defects in babies that affect the mouth, esophagus or stomach, like tracheal esophageal fistula or esophageal atresia
  • Patients with difficulty or inability to swallowing
  • Those who need more food or different food to stay healthy, but can’t ingest enough
  • Those who inhale or breathe in food when eating
  • Patients who have had a stroke
  • Patients with blockage in the esophagus (Swallowing tube)
These related conditions must be treated so patients receive the nutrients needed for growth and function. A gastrostomy tube may be permanent or temporary depending on the related condition.

Locations for Gastrostomy