Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Warning Signs

If you have a PEG tube, notify your doctor for any of the following:

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Mild pain during feedings
  • Episodes of mild bleeding from the stoma
  • Obstructed PEG tube
  • Occasional vomiting after feedings
  • Redness or swelling of the skin around the stoma
  • Skin around the stoma becomes black

If you have a PEG tube, notify your doctor immediately for any of the following:
  • Black or brown material that looks like coffee grounds leaking from the stoma
  • Broken PEG tube
  • Moderate to severe abdominal pain after feeding
  • Moderate to severe bleeding from the stoma
  • Moderate to severe redness, swelling or pain around the stoma
  • PEG tube comes out
  • Pus draining from the stoma
  • Repeated vomiting after feeding

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy References
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