Use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound to Guide Pediatric Gastrostomy Tube Replacement in the Emergency Department

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Abstract

The presentation of a pediatric patient to the emergency department for a malfunctioning or dislodged gastrostomy tube (G-tube) is not uncommon. As such, these tubes are often replaced at the bedside. Improper placement can result in a number of complications, including perforation, fistula tract formation, peritonitis, and sepsis. The current criterion standard method to confirm proper G-tube placement is contrast-enhanced radiography. However, point-of-care ultrasound may be an alternative method to guide and confirm pediatric G-tube replacement in the emergency department. We report a series of cases on this novel point-of-care ultrasound application.

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