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Definition of Percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy

Percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy: (PEJ) A surgical procedure for placing a feeding tube into the jejunum (part of the small intestine) without having to perform an open laparotomy (an operation opening the abdomen). The aim of PEJ is to feed a patient who cannot swallow. PEJ may be done by a surgeon or gastroenterologist (GI specialist).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=39508
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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