What are contraindications for gastrostomy tube replacement?

Updated: May 26, 2020
  • Author: Erik D Schraga, MD; Chief Editor: Vikram Kate, MBBS, MS, PhD, FRCS, FACS, FACG, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FIMSA, MAMS, MASCRS, FFST(Ed)  more...
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Replacing a G-tube that has not formed a tract can lead to misplacement in the peritoneal cavity. As mentioned above, simple G-tubes generally take 1-2 weeks to form a mature tract. Information on when the G-tube was initially placed should be obtained to determine whether nonoperative ED tube replacement can proceed safely.

Replacement should not be performed if any evidence of infection (see the image below), such as extensive erythema, exudate, or warmth, is appreciated around the G-tube site.

Regarding tube-site infections, most catheter-rela Regarding tube-site infections, most catheter-related infections involve local cellulitis, as shown here, with erythema and tenderness. These infections frequently respond to local wound care and oral antibiotics.

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