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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Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
6.4k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
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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Last updated Oct 11, 2018
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