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A 31-year-old member asked:

Any ideas why a person with esophageal cancer will have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Better tolerated: Two major reasons. First, the stomach is the preferred organ substitute for esophageal cancer surgery, and second, duodenal feedings are generally better tolerated, and are associated with less reflux.
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