When used as a catheterizable stoma to treat areflexic neurogenic bladder, a gastrostomy button is a safe, effective option for these patients. The rate of symptomatic infections is low, the risk of bladder stone formation is minimal and erosion was not observed in properly sized button insertions. The current limiting factor is the length of the button compared with the patient suprapubic measurement (length from skin to bladder). Each patient reported that quality of life with the button was significantly better than prior to button placement.
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