Indications for percutaneous fluoroscopic gastrostomy in palliative head and neck cancer patients

Alessandro Sironi, Claudia Arcovio, Cristiana Bergamini, Silvia Colatruglio, Cecilia Gavazzi

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Abstract

Malnutrition is very common in patients with head and neck cancer. The aims of this study were to evaluate the impact of home enteral nutrition on nutritional status and to review the indication for percutaneous fluoroscopic gastrostomy in 50 palliative patients with head and neck cancer. Karnofsky performance status as well as anthropometric and biochemical nutritional indicators were recorded at admission and after 3 months. Patients were divided into 3 groups according to their baseline Karnofsky score and the survival times of these groups were compared. In patients surviving more than 3 months, anthropometric and biochemical nutritional indicators were significantly improved. Survival was significantly shorter in patients with a baseline Karnofsky score

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-147
Number of pages5
JournalNutritional Therapy and Metabolism
Volume28
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

Keywords

  • Enteral nutrition
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Karnofsky performance status
  • Palliative patients
  • Percutaneous fluoroscopic gastrostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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