Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is now the technique of choice for patients requiring long-term enteral feeding. It is a good method for feeding patients with neurological dysphagia and can safely be kept in situ for long periods. PEG feeding requires a multidisciplinary approach, involving doctors, nurses, pharmacists, speech therapists, dieticians and carers. The insertion of a PEG, which requires two operators and two endoscopy nurses, is described in full. Feeding can commence after a few hours. Various types of feed and feed-ing patterns are described and their relative merits discussed. Although psychological problems may occur following PEG insertion, the procedure is usually well accepted by patients.
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