The term “percutaneous” means “to go through the skin.” A percutaneous gastrostomy tube is a plastic passageway that goes through the abdominal wall into the stomach. This allows for certain types of nutrition and medication to be given directly into your child’s stomach. The first tube your child has is call the primary tube, “pigtail” or “G-tube.” It is created by making a small opening with a needle over the abdominal wall.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Children's National interventional radiologists perform a full range of minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to both diagnose and treat disease in infants, children, and adolescents.