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Review: early feeding and delayed feeding after PEG placement do not differ for complications or death within 72 hours

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M L Bechtold

Dr M L Bechtold, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO, USA;


How does early (⩽4 h) feeding compare with delayed or next-day feeding after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) placement in terms of complications and death within 72 hours?


Included studies compared early (⩽4 h) with delayed or next-day feeding after PEG placement. Outcomes were death within 72 hours, complications, and gastric residual volumes on day 1.


Medline, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, CINAHL, Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness, OVID Healthstar and Journals, and conference proceedings were searched to November 2007 for randomised controlled trials (RCTs). 6 RCTs (n = 467, mean age 63–76 y) met the …

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