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Troubleshooting (PEG tubes)




  • Identifies common problems associated with gastrostomy feeding
  • Provides strategies to avoid complications from arising

This chapter identifies some common problems associated with gastrostomy feeding and provides guidance in resolving and preventing them. Some common complications include diarrhoea and constipation, nausea and vomiting, aspiration, tube blockage, abdominal cramps and dehydration.


Contents include

  • Introduction
    • Diarrhoea
      • Medications
      • Hypoalbuminaemia
      • Bacterial infection
      • Constipation (spurious diarrhoea)
      • Rate of administration
      • Lack of fibre
      • Temperature of formula
    • Tube blockage
    • Aspiration
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Abdominal cramping
    • Constipation
    • Dehydration
    • Leakage from the stoma
    • Diabetes management
  • Conclusion
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BachD (Science), MasD (Nutrition & Dietetics). Aged Care, Nutrition.
Alison Bowie is an accredited practicing dietitian who holds a bachelor's degree in science and a master's degrees in nutrition and dietetics. She is a member of the Dietitian's Association of Australia and is the secretary of the Rehabilitation and Aged Care Interest Group of that association. Alison's work as a dietitian has been principally in the area of aged care, and she is currently employed as a dietitian at St Vincent's Hospital and St George's Hospital, both in Melbourne, Australia, servicing the geriatric evaluation and management unit. Before this she worked at Melbourne Extended C...

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