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Endoscopic management of buried bumper syndrome using the Balloon Dilation Pull (BDP) technique: a multicenter analysis

Journal Volume 86 - 2023
Issue Fasc.1 - Original articles
Author(s) M. Maly 1 2, M. Bronswijk 3 4 5, P. Christiaens 3, C. Snauwaert 2 6
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(1) University hospital of Ghent, Ghent University, Belgium
(2) Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, AZ Sint-Jan Brugge-Oostende AV, Bruges, Belgium
(3) Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Imelda General Hospital, Bonheiden, Belgium
(4) Imelda GI Research Center, Bonheiden, Belgium
(5) Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium
(6) Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium

Background and study aims: Buried bumper syndrome (BBS) may complicate percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy placement. In these patients, endoscopic treatment ought to be considered. Various approaches have been published, ranging from dissectionbased techniques to novel dedicated devices, although the evidence supporting the use of the Balloon Dilation Pull (BDP) technique has been limited to single case reports. The aim of this paper is to assess the feasibility, efficacy and safety of the systematic use of the BDPtechnique for the endoscopic treatment of BBS.

Patients and methods: We performed a retrospective multicenter analysis of prospectively collected data from all patients treated with the BDP-technique between January 2011 and November 2021.

Results: In total, 26 patients were identified (median age 72 (SD ± 13) years, 74% male, 84.6% underlying neurological disease). Technical success was achieved in 92.3%, with a median procedure time of 17.5 minutes (range 5-27). Adverse events were identified in 3.8% of patients (N=1, aspiration, ASGE lexicon severity grade: moderate).

Conclusions: Our experience suggests that the BDP-technique is highly efficacious and safe, using accessories readily available in every endoscopic unit. Given the limited procedure time and tools required, this procedure has the potential to further optimize patient care in the context of BBS.

Keywords: buried bumper management, PEG tube, PEG-J, gastrostomy feeding.

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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