New method of direct percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy tube placement using balloon-assisted enteroscopy with fluoroscopy

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  • Background and Aim Direct percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy (DPEJ) is a useful method to provide nutrition to patients with a variety of gastrointestinal (GI) problems. The present study describes a new method of DPEJ using balloon-assisted-enteroscopy. Methods This observational, retrospective, single-arm case study conducted at a tertiary care hospital during a 15-month period included 25 patients (12 females, 13 males, mean age 54 years, age range 31-79 years) with necrotizing pancreatitis, n = 7; complex upper GI surgery, n = 6; complex fistula, n = 6; impossibility to place a gastrostomy tube, n = 5; and bowel obstruction, n = 1. The new DPEJ technique focused on three key components: (i) use of balloon-assisted overtube; (ii) use of fluoroscopy; (iii) leaving the overtube in place during the entire procedure (and also for DPEJ removal). Results Technical success was 96%. Mean time of the procedure was 30.5 min (range 24 to 45 min). Clinical success was 100% (24/24); all DPEJ could be used for their intended purpose. Conclusions This new method of inserting a DPEJ using balloon enteroscopy and fluoroscopy was safe and successful. Future comparative studies are now warranted.
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  • Velázquez-Aviña J; Beyer R; Díaz-Tobar CP; Peter S; Kyanam Kabir Baig KR; Wilcox CM; Mönkemüller K
  • Start Page

  • 317
  • End Page

  • 322
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 3