CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp 692–703 | Cite as

Interventional Radiology Techniques for Provision of Enteral Feeding

  • M.F. Given
  • J.J. Hanson
  • M.J. LeeEmail author


Gastrostomy placement in patients who are unable to maintain their nutrition orally has been attempted using a variety of techniques over the past century. This includes surgical, endoscopic, and, more recently, percutaneous radiologically guided methods. Surgical gastrostomy placement was the method of choice for almost a century, but has since been superseded by both endoscopic and radiological placement. There are a number of indications for gastrostomy placement in clinical practice today, with fewer contraindications due to the recent innovations in technique placement and gastrostomy catheter type. We describe the technique of gastrostomy placement, which we use in our institution, along with appropriate indications and contraindications. In addition, we will discuss the wide variety of catheter types available and their perceived advantages. There remains some debate with regard to gastropexy performance and the use of primary gastrojejunal catheters, which we will address. In addition, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the three major types of gastrostomy placement currently available (i.e., surgical, endoscopic, and radiological) and their associated complications.


Gastrostomy Interventional Radiology Enteral feeding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Academic RadiologyBeaumont HospitalIreland
  2. 2.Royal College of Surgeons in IrelandDublin 2Ireland

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