Pre-PEG UGIs -Low Yield If No Major Malformations or Cystic Fibrosis

From JPGN online and NASPGHAN twitter feed, bit.ly/19q99Y8 :

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition:
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000282

Abstract: “We studied the utility of a preoperative upper gastrointestinal series in children with and without major congenital anomalies undergoing gastrostomy tube (G-tube) placement. Of 1163 children evaluated, 743 had major anomalies and a total of 39 episodes of malrotation were found. All of the children with malrotation either had major congenital anomalies or cystic fibrosis. Our study suggests that an upper gastrointestinal series may be unnecessary prior to G-tube placement in children without other congenital anomalies or cystic fibrosis.”

Comment: while I agree with the conclusions of the abstract, it is worth noting that upper gastrointestinal series will pick up other abnormalities as well, including duodenal stenosis (which I have seen picked up on two separate occasions).

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