The employment of radium is rendered easier and more efficient if it is preceded by gastrostomy.
gastrostomy, too, should hold out some hope of rescue, no matter what portion of the oesophagus be dilated.
When the patient has difficulty in taking food, recourse should be had to the use of the stomach-tube or to gastrostomy.
In aggravated cases, the gastrostomy opening must be retained in order to prevent death from starvation.
In the majority of cases, however, only the palliative measures of œsophagostomy or gastrostomy can be adopted.
In 1858 he performed practically the first gastrostomy in England for a case of cancer of the oesophagus.
gastrostomy gas·tros·to·my (gā-strŏs'tə-mē)
Surgical construction of a permanent opening from the external surface of the abdominal wall into the stomach, usually for inserting a feeding tube.