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A 44-year-old member asked:

Why do esophageal cancer patients have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Surgery location: Short answer from a non-surgeon. The percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (peg) feeding tube may interfere with a potential esophageal surgery more than a percutaneous endoscopic jejunum (or duodenum) (pej) tube in the small bowel (after the stomach). This isn't always the case, but one reason.
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
To avoid stomach: When your esophagus is removed due to cancer (esophagectomy) in order to eat again, your stomach may be used to replace your esophagus (stomach conduit). Therefore you want to avoid any surgery that may compromise the use of the stomach as a conduit. Therefore a feeding tube would be placed in the small bowel or jejunum. This is called a "j" tube.

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