Efficacy of Jejunogram after Jejunostomy Insertion

Puc, Matthew M.; Tran, Hoang
November 1999
American Surgeon;Nov1999, Vol. 65 Issue 11, p1097
Academic Journal
The era of managed care has spawned a national debate over the allocation of health care resources. We hypothesized that routine postjejunostomy jejunogram rarely provides additional clinical information or changes patient management and, therefore, is unwarranted. We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 128 consecutive patients undergoing feeding jejunostomy tube insertion between January 1995 and December 1996. All patients had postinsertion jejunograms. Eighty-five (66%) of the jejunograms were performed after operative insertion of the jejunostomy, and 43 (33%) were performed after percutaneous reinsertion of a previously placed jejunostomy. Data extracted from the charts include age, sex, indication for jejunogram, length of time prior jejunostomy was in place at time of reinsertion, and results of jejunogram. There were no patients (0%) with misplaced jejunostomy or extravasation of dye, as noted on jejunogram. There were no management changes implemented as a result of jejunogram readings (P < <0.05). The use of routine jejunogram after operative insertion or reinsertion of a prior jejunostomy that has become dislodged or occluded does not alter patient management, incurs unnecessary costs, and, therefore, is unwarranted.


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