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My husband had cardiac arrest 11 months ago. He is peg

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My husband had cardiac arrest 11 months ago. He is peg fed,and medicated.he is also uncommunicative he can blink 1 for yes 2 for no.will hebe peg fed indefinitely or will it ever be reversed?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Sohaib replied 9 months ago.

Hello and thank you for the question.
I am Dr. Sohaib, a practicing Internal Medicine Consultant with over 13 years of experience and I will do my best to help you today.
Let me review your question for a minute and I will get back to you.

Expert:  Dr. Sohaib replied 9 months ago.

PEG is the safest possible mode of feeding for patients like this, who are in vegetative state and can not eat/drink themselves.

I am sure he had been assessed by swallow team and that they would have considered oral feeding (through mouth) unsafe for him, hence he ended up with PEG tube.

And I am sure you know about the risk of oral feeding---its aspiration pneumonia which can be life threatening.

Now coming back to your question again, no its not necessary that he will always be PEG fed.

If at any point of time, his neurological status improves, and he is able to chew or swallow properly, PEG can be reversed.

And before this is reversed, again a detailed swallow assessment would be required.

Expert:  Dr. Sohaib replied 9 months ago.

I have seen some patients who were of PEG feeding for a couple of years, but then they improved and eventually started taking orally.

Removing PEG is simple and takes few minutes. The main issue is to first make sure if it is safe for the patient to take orally.

Expert:  Dr. Sohaib replied 9 months ago.

Good luck

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