Feasibility of the cut-and-push method for removing large-caliber soft percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy devices

Adnan Agha, Dib Alsaudi, Manuele Furnari, Mamdouh M. Abdulhadi Ali, Rafaat Morched Chakik, Islam Alsaudi, Vincenzo Savarino, Edoardo G. Giannini

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Introduction: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is the method of choice for long-term nutrition in patients with longstanding eating difficulties due to pathological entities that impair swallowing. The feeding catheters are designed to be removed by external traction or by endoscopy. Aim: To evaluate the feasibility of the cut-and-push method as a possible safe alternative to the pullout method for removal of soft PEG devices with a large caliber. Methods: Patients with 20 French (Fr) or larger soft PEG system were enrolled for PEG removal by the cut-and-push technique. The replacement catheters were 2 Fr larger than the original ones. Patients were observed at 24 and 72 hours via home nursing care and then weekly for 1 month for signs of intestinal obstruction, tube leakage, or blockage. Results: Seventy-nine patients (52 men; mean age 67 years) underwent the procedure: 42 due to leakage and 37 due to blockage. Mean time before tube removal was 4.8 months (range, 3-8). PEG devices were 20 Fr and 24 Fr in 57 (72.2%) and 22 (27.8%) cases, respectively. Collection of the inner component from stool was reported within 48 hours in 63 cases (80%). No cases of intestinal obstruction or other severe adverse events due to the inner component being eliminated throughout the intestine were observed in any patient during the study. Conclusions: The cut-and-push method employed for removal of a soft PEG tube with a large caliber seems to be safe and can be performed when removal by external traction may determine the occurrence of peristomal complications or jeopardize PEG replacement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-492
Number of pages3
JournalNutrition in Clinical Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


  • enteral nutrition
  • gastrostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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