Posted By rbs on March 14, 1999 at 17:05:40:
I am a 27yo female who recently underwent laparoscopic placement
of jejunostomy and gastrostomy tubes for gastroparesis. I was
diagnosed with chronic idiopathic gastroparesis about 14 months
ago. My nutrition has been maintained with TPN for the last year.
I am now going to try J-tube feedings to see if I can get off the
TPN. Anyway, I also had a g-tube inserted for decompression
because I have frequent vomiting despite the use of antiemetics
(IV ondansetron and prochlorperazine) and the fact that I have
not been eating anything. I have been letting the g-tube drain
by gravity when I feel nauseated. This has helped, but I have
noticed some blood (dark red/brown with small clots) in the drainage.
Sometimes I do suction the g-tube, and I am wondering if this may
be the etiology of the bleeding. I aslo realize that frequent
drainage could lead to dehydration and electrolyte loss. How
often should I drain the g-tube? When should I start to worry
about the blood in the drainage? I take ranitidine syrup 300mg bid
for dyspepsia and h/o gastritis. I appreciate your taking the
time to respond to my question.