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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 40 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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Last updated Jan 22, 2014

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