endoscopic gastrostomy is an endoscopic medical
procedure in which a tube (PEG tube) is passed into
a patient's stomach through the abdominal wall, most
commonly to provide a means of feeding when oral
intake is not adequate. The procedure is an
alternative to surgical gastrostomy insertion, and
does not require a general anesthetic;mild sedation
is typically used.PEG administration of enteral
feeds is the most commonly used method of
nutritional support for patients in the community.
Many strokepatients, for example, are at risk of
aspiration pneumonia due to poor control over the
swallowing muscles; some will benefit from a PEG
performed to maintain nutrition.