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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4081/gi.2012.e4

Complications of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy-jejunostomy for levodopa/carbidopa infusion in advanced Parkinson's disease

Ana Olivares, David Collado, Miguel Muñoz-Navas, Marta Calvo, Eduardo Olivo, Inmaculada Chico, Carlos Marra, Rafael Sánchez-Estella, Sarbelio Rodríguez, Josè Carlos Subtil, Luis Ramon Rábago


Continuous infusions of levodopa directly into the duodenum-yeyunum is an effective therapy to reduce daily off time in an advanced stage of Parkinson's disease, but it is not without complications, particularly device related problems. We present our experience in three Spanish hospitals with these complications, including a severe case with migration, several decubitus ulcers, and one case of perforation of the bowel and finally death.


percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy-tube, levodopa/carbidopa infusion in duodenum, intestinal obstruction, intestinal perforation, endoscopic extraction

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Submitted: 2011-08-16 20:04:14
Published: 2012-03-06 14:18:24
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