volume 99, issue 3, P358-362 1997
DOI: 10.1542/peds.99.3.358
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D. Strauss, T. Kastner, S. Ashwal, J. White

Abstract: We hypothesize that the increased mortality associated with tubefeeding may be attributable to a differential increase in pulmonary disease secondary to overly vigorous nutritional maintenance and subsequent aspiration after tube placement. For children with tracheostomy this risk may be reduced. If tracheostomy proves to be associated with a relatively more favorable outcome for tubefeeding, we hypothesize that it would reflect the benefits of tracheostomy in allowing access to the airway for suctioning and v…

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