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Gastrostomy tubes are inserted for various reasons. They may be needed temporarily or permanently.
Gastrostomy tube insertion may be recommended for:
- birth defects of the mouth, esophagus, or stomach (esophageal atresia or tracheal esophageal fistula)
- problems with sucking and/or swallowing, for example in patients debilitated by stroke or dementia
Review Date 5/18/2016
Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.