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If you drink alcohol, and you throw up, should you get your stomach pumped?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Nasogastric suction: Depends on toxicity of it & timing of ingestion. "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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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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