Case history 1 A 55 yr old woman with one year history of fairly rapidly progressive MND. Speech and swallowing deteriorating. Speech therapist recommends PEG feeding for safety. Husband keen for wife to have PEG. Wife wants to wait longer ‘till really needs it’ and to keep trying to eat. Neurologist thinks likely to get aspiration pneumonia if waits much longer…… What do you do?
Case history 2 • A 75 year old lady with dementia is in a nursing home. She appears to fairly content but cannot recognise family or friends and no longer takes part in any activity. She does not have coherent conversations. • She has been gradually eating and drinking less and less, and finally stops taking anything at all (on a Friday). Her family want her to have a PEG urgently to make her feel better. • What do you do?