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First Author: Meghana Vellanki, University of South Florida
College of Medicine, Class of 2015
The need of gastrostomy tubes is expected to rise with our
growing elderly population with more than 200,000 gastrostomy tubes
being placed every year. Gastrostomy tube placement, once a staple
of surgeons and gastroenterologists, has propagated into other
fields of medicine. Interventional Radiology (IR) have started to
perform Percutaneous Radiologic Gastrostomy (PRG) placement. With
the increased role of IR in gastrostomy tube placement,there have
been previously undescribed novel complications associated with
this technique that have not been explored in the literature.
In the following case series, we describe three case studies
that portray one of these specific complications as a result of PRG
tube placement by IR, called the "Buried Balloon". An analogous
complication is the Buried Bumper syndrome (BBS) which has been
extensively described in gastroenterology literature. Currently,
there is a paucity of data in literature about the complications
associated with PRG techniques specifically addressing this
November 2015 Issue of IMpact