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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


FONSECA, Jorge et al. Catheter traction and gastric outlet obstruction: a repeated complication of using a Foley catheter for gastrostomy tube replacement. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2017, vol.34, n.2, pp.499-501. ISSN 1699-5198.


Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a safe procedure and major morbidity is unusual. However, the number of PEG fed patients is increasing all over the world and complications may become more and more frequent.

Case report:

We describe a 73 years old woman with persistent vomit after replacement of the standard PEG tube with a Foley catheter. An upper GI endoscopy showed the catheter pulled into the duodenum causing gastric outlet obstruction. It was removed and replaced by a suitable standard PEG tube, allowing PEG feeding to be resumed.


Previous reports pointed the risk of this complication, almost always associated with insertion of a Foley-type catheter. Replacement of PEG tubes should be performed by experienced teams using standard PEG tubes and the use of Foley-type catheters for this purpose should be banned from routine practice.

Keywords : Gastrostomy; Foley catheter; Enteral nutrition; Complications.

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