Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health
Early Presentation of Buried Bumper Syndrome
- Author(s): Geer, Walter
- Jeanmonod, Rebecca K.
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/westjem.2013.2.15843
Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a relatively safe and effective method of providing nutrition to patients with neurologic deficits or proximal gastrointestinal pathology. Complications that follow this common procedure include dislodgement, dysfunction, infection and aspiration. The “Buried Bumper Syndrome” (BBS) is an infrequent and late complication of PEG tubes that can result in tube dysfunction, gastric perforation, bleeding, peritonitis or death. The emergency physician should be aware of historical and exam features that suggest BBS and distinguish it from other more benign PEG-tube related complaints. We report a case of a woman presenting with BBS three weeks after having a PEG tube placed. [West J Emerg Med. 2013;14(5):421-423.]