Sometimes in multiple sclerosis people can experience difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). If their swallowing problems become more advanced, they may need specialist help such as percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). This ensures that they get enough nutrients and prevents chest infections that can be caused by food getting into their lungs (known as aspiration).
PEG is a method of feeding people used when taking food through the mouth is either not possible or unsafe. 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.
A PEG user can usually still take some fluids or food by mouth after the PEG has been put in place. A PEG tube generally lasts for 1-2 years and can be replaced readily.
- Nursing Standard 2006;20(29):53-57. Summary Dysphagia management for progressive neurological conditions.
Last updated: May 2017
Last reviewed: May 2017
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