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A to Z of MS Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)
Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a method of feeding people used when taking food through the mouth is not feasible or safe. A small feeding tube is inserted directly into the stomach through the abdominal wall. The tube is fitted during a minor operation and can be hidden under clothes.
Sometimes in multiple sclerosis people can experience difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). If problems become more advanced, an individual may need help to ensure nutritional intake is sufficient and that chest infections (caused by food getting into into the lungs - known as aspiration) are avoided.
A PEG user can usually still take some fluids or food by mouth once the PEG is inserted. A PEG tube usually lasts for 1-2 years and can be replaced readily.
Dysphagia management for progressive neurological conditions.
Nursing Standard 2006;20(29):53-57.