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what is a pek tube? and why does my 75 yr old brother need it?

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 05:57 PM

Why are the drs doing a pek tube on my brother? He is 75 yrs old and he is in the CCU of the hospital. I am not happy with this hospital it is not our regular hospital. He has lost about 30 lbs in one yr. About 15 lbs in the last weeks. He sleeps all the time and no longer speaks - he cannot walk. I would like to move him to our regular hospital what are your thoughts on this. Why does he continue to have blood in his urine?

Thank you so much for all your help.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:06 PM

A PEG tube is a small feeding tube that can be placed by a GI doctor or radiologist. The use of these tubes has actually been helpful in a lot of PD patients who have good quality of life, but cannot swallow safely or get enough nutrition. The risks are very low.

I cannot answer for you why he is in this unit or why he has blood in his urine. Probably best to address with the docs.

Hope things look up.

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