(Received 7 May 1999; accepted 12 October 1999)
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Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube insertion was introduced in 1980 as an alternative to nasogastric tubes and surgically placed gastrostomy tubes. The procedure is indicated in those patients who have an inability to sustain adequate nutrition in the presence of a functioning gastrointestinal tract. We report four deaths that arose within a ten-week period in 1998.
Gastroenterologist, Akron City Hospital, Akron, OH
Medical examiner, Medical Examiner's Office of Summit County, Akron, OH
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