Intestinal button implantation for obstipation and fecal impaction in children

J Pediatr Surg. 1992 May;27(5):654-6. doi: 10.1016/0022-3468(92)90471-i.


Chronic obstipation and fecal impaction in children can be difficult management problems for pediatricians. We describe a novel approach to the management of obstipation and fecal impaction: the implantation of the button gastrostomy device in the appendiceal stump or the terminal ileum. We report the procedure in two children. One child had pseudoobstruction syndrome complicated by recurrent obstipation; the other had cystic fibrosis complicated by recurrent obstruction from meconium ileus equivalent. Both children received a polyethylene glycol/electrolyte solution, with or without pancreatic enzymes, which was administered through the button. The children have remained essentially asymptomatic for at least 10 months. We believe that this is the first report of the use of a button gastrostomy device to successfully manage chronic obstipation and recurrent fecal impaction in children.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Catheters, Indwelling
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease
  • Constipation / drug therapy*
  • Constipation / etiology
  • Cystic Fibrosis / complications*
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Electrolytes / administration & dosage*
  • Fecal Impaction / drug therapy*
  • Fecal Impaction / etiology
  • Female
  • Gastrostomy / instrumentation*
  • Gastrostomy / methods
  • Humans
  • Ileal Diseases / complications*
  • Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction / complications*
  • Polyethylene Glycols / administration & dosage*


  • Electrolytes
  • Polyethylene Glycols