Spontaneously closed gastrocutaneous fistula becomes symptomatic after 30 years with pregnancy

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Beksac K., Konan A., Kaynaroglu V.

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY, vol.44, no.3, pp.475-476, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is the standard procedure of choice for the provision of enteral nutrition in children who require long-term nutritional support. Removal of gastric tubes has a risk of causing gastrocutaneous fistula and this complication is dealt within childhood. The authors report a 34-year old woman who had a PEG procedure at the age of four years due to caustic esophageal injury and recovered without incident. Thirty years later she becomes pregnant and as her pregnancy progresses, her former fistula opening becomes more obvious and at the 34th week of the pregnancy she presents to the hospital with fistula. After a successful delivery, the fistula was evaluated and repaired surgically.