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Veterinary Medicine International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 197294, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/197294
Research Article

Esophagojejunostomy Feeding Tube Placement in 5 Dogs with Pancreatitis and Anorexia

Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists, 11800 Capital Way, Louisville, KY 40299, USA

Received 26 September 2013; Revised 6 January 2014; Accepted 29 January 2014; Published 6 March 2014

Academic Editor: Daniel Smeak

Copyright © 2014 Forrest Cummings and Catherine A. Daley. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Enteral feeding tube placement has been described in veterinary medicine for several years. Indications include oral, esophageal, gastrointestinal, pancreatic, hepatic, and neurologic diseases. In this paper, endoscopically assisted placement of an esophagojejunostomy (EJ) feeding tube in dogs with pancreatitis and prolonged anorexia is described. To the author’s knowledge there are no published reports of this procedure. Esophagojejunostomy feeding tubes provide an alternative to other forms of postgastric feeding tube placement (e.g., nasojejunal, gastrojejunostomy, and jejunostomy tubes) without the associated complications of patient discomfort, sneezing, epistaxis, and peritonitis. Tube occlusion, transient vomiting and loose stool were the most commonly reported complications.