Gastrostomy Tubes in Patients With Cerebral Palsy Undergoing Surgery - Usually an Ally, but the Devil Is In the Details Point of View

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David Rappaport
Emily Fingado

Abstract

In this issue of JPOSNA, Dr. Shiver et al. review data about the role of an enterostomy feeding tube (gastrostomy/G-tube, jejunostomy/J-tube, or gastro-jejunostomy/G-J tube) in patients with cerebral palsy undergoing spinal surgery for neuromuscular scoliosis.1 The authors quite rightly comment that spinal surgery in these patients represents a significant intervention that may result in a number of respiratory, gastrointestinal, and infectious complications.  These complications can have a tremendous medical, social, and psychological impact on the patient and the patient’s family, so understanding a particular patient’s risk factors before surgery is an important part of preoperative planning.  As pediatric hospitalists who often co-manage these patients at our institution—including seeing these patients preoperatively with an emphasis on their nutritional status2—we greatly appreciate the opportunity to comment on this paper.

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Rappaport, D., & Fingado, E. (2021). Gastrostomy Tubes in Patients With Cerebral Palsy Undergoing Surgery - Usually an Ally, but the Devil Is In the Details. JPOSNA®, 3(3). Retrieved from https://jposna.org/ojs/index.php/jposna/article/view/284
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Neuromuscular