Article of interest: Comparison of open gastrostomy tube to percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube in lung transplant patients.

Taghavi S, et al. Comparison of open gastrostomy tube to percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube in lung transplant patients. Ann Med Surg (Lond). 2015 Dec 23;5 :76-80.

Introduction: Lung transplant patients require a high degree of immunosuppression, which can impair wound healing when surgical procedures are required. We hypothesized that because of impaired healing, lung transplant patients requiring gastrostomy tubes would have better outcomes with open gastrostomy tube (OGT) as compared to percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube (PEG).

Methods: The National Inpatient Sample (NIS) Database (2005-2010) was queried for all lung transplant recipients requiring OGT or PEG.

Results: There were 215 patients requiring gastrostomy tube, with 44 OGT and 171 PEG. The two groups were not different with respect to age (52.0 vs. 56.9 years, p = 0.40) and Charlson Comorbidity Index (3.3 vs. 3.5, p = 0.75). Incidence of acute renal failure was higher in the PEG group (35.2 vs. 11.8%, p = 0.003). Post-operative pneumonia, myocardial infarction, surgical site infection, DVT/PE, and urinary tract infection were not different. Post-operative mortality was higher in the PEG group (11.2 vs. 0.0%, p = 0.02). Using multiple variable analysis, PEG tube was independently associated with mortality (HR: 1.94, 95%C.I: 1.45-2.58). Variables associated with survival included age, female gender, white race, and larger hospital bed capacity.

Discussion: OGT may be the preferred method of gastric access for lung transplant recipients.

Conclusions: In lung transplant recipients, OGT results in decreased morbidity and mortality when compared to PEG.

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