Twelve patients who had undergone esophageal reconstruction because of cancer and in whom conventional percutaneous radiologic or endoscopic gastrostomy was considered difficult are reported. These patients underwent placement of a percutaneous gastrojejunostomy catheter through the reconstructed gastric tube using a slow-leak balloon that had been developed for percutaneous transesophageal gastrotubing. Retrospective evaluation showed successful outcomes without severe complications in all patients. Eight (66.6%) were able to resume oral intake, which allowed gastrojejunostomy catheter withdrawal in 3 (25%). This technique is feasible with acceptable clinical outcomes for patients who have undergone gastric tube reconstruction after esophagectomy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine