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If a person has their stomach pumped, how long do they have to wait to eat food?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Nasogastric suction: Depends why, of course. "stomach pumping" occurs when an ng (nasogastric) tube is inserted via your nose and into the stomach. Suction is applied so the stomach contents are emptied thru the tube. This has value in cases of: upper GI bleeding, overdose or toxic ingestions, GI obstruction, prolongued ileus (gut paralysis) after surgery, refractory vomiting, more.

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