- the construction of an artificial opening from the stomach through the abdominal wall, permitting intake of food or drainage of gastric contents.
- the opening so constructed.
Origin of gastrostomy
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Gastrostomy, too, should hold out some hope of rescue, no matter what portion of the oesophagus be dilated.
When the patient has difficulty in taking food, recourse should be had to the use of the stomach-tube or to gastrostomy.
In the majority of cases, however, only the palliative measures of œsophagostomy or gastrostomy can be adopted.
The employment of radium is rendered easier and more efficient if it is preceded by gastrostomy.
In aggravated cases, the gastrostomy opening must be retained in order to prevent death from starvation.
- surgical formation of an artificial opening into the stomach from the skin surface: used for feeding
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- Surgical construction of a permanent opening from the external surface of the abdominal wall into the stomach, usually for inserting a feeding tube.
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