Clinical note| Volume 91, ISSUE 11, P1790-1792, November 2010

Gastrocolic Fistula as a Cause of Persistent Diarrhea in a Patient With a Gastrostomy Tube


      Joo YJ, Koo JH, Song SH. Gastrocolic fistula as a cause of persistent diarrhea in a patient with a gastrostomy tube.
      A 60-year-old man with a history of recurrent strokes secondary to moyamoya disease underwent insertion of a percutaneous radiologic gastrostomy tube because of severe dysphagia. Feeding was continued for 5 months after the procedure without complications. Persistent diarrhea began 2 weeks after admission for comprehensive rehabilitation. Conservative treatment was not effective. Sigmoidoscopy showed a U-shaped tube suggestive of a gastrocolic fistula in the transverse colon. This was confirmed by means of a tubogram obtained through a gastrostomy tube. The diarrhea resolved after changing the gastrostomy tube. This case report highlights the importance of considering other uncommon conditions, such as a gastrocolic fistula, in the differential diagnosis of persistent diarrhea in a patient with a gastrostomy tube.

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      CT (computed tomography), PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy), PRG (percutaneous radiologic gastrostomy)
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