gastrostomy

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gastrostomy

[ga′sträs·tə·mē]
(medicine)
The establishment of a fistulous opening into the stomach, with an external opening in the skin; used for artificial feeding.
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Only 36 of the gastrostomies remained functional for a year or longer.
Thus the patients requiring long term nutritional support should be considered for feeding gastrostomies. The longer duration of enteral nutritional support as demonstrated in our study will have a greater impact on the patient's nutritional status, improved quality of life and overall survival rate.
To describe the paediatric population requiring gastrostomies for feeding and swallowing difficulties and their service delivery needs.