One-step percutaneous gastrojejunostomy in early infancy.J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Jun; 54(6):820-1.JP
In certain conditions that obviate the use of gastric feedings, the insertion of a jejunal feeding tube via gastrostomy constitutes an alternative to jejunostomy but requires a preexisting gastrostomy. Our aim was to assess a new technique of 1-step gastrojejunal tube insertion through a de novo gastrostomy. A total of 3 infants between 3 and 7 months old and weighing between 4.1 and 5.4 kg had a gastrojejunal feeding tube inserted using a 16-CH French introducer percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy kit and a transgastric-jejunal feeding tube. No technical difficulties occurred and the gastrojejunal feeding tube was placed successfully in the 3 patients, the total procedure lasting 15 to 20 minutes. Enteral feeding was started within 4 to 6 hours of the procedure. Neither immediate (<24 hours) nor late complications related to the gastrojejunostomy occurred. Nissen fundoplication was performed in 2 of our patients at 12 and 15 months of age, respectively. The gastrojejunostomy tube was still in place in the third patient at age 15 months. Our first experience suggests that 1-step endoscopic placement of a transgastric-jejunal feeding tube without a preexisting gastrostomy tract is feasible in young and low-weight infants.