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My mom has COPD is 72 yrs old and weighs 65 lbs. Is a stomach feeding tube safe?

My mom has COPD is 72 yrs old and weighs 65 lbs. Is a stomach feeding tube safe?

Safer than starving: Within reason, people with COPD who weigh more live longer. No procedure or treatment is completely risk free but in many cases the risk of the procedure is less than the risk of not having the procedure. This should be discussed with the doctor recommending and/or performing the procedure. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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My mom has COPD.She got a trach,been on ventilator for 28 days,and they won't take the feeding tube out to let her eat,but she can swallow fine.Why???

My mom has COPD.She got a trach,been on ventilator for 28 days,and they won't take the feeding tube out to let her eat,but she can swallow fine.Why???

Complex: For the best answer, ask your mother's physicians because they know the specifics of her case. Generally speaking, it is considered high risk to feed by mouth while on positive pressure ventilation even via trach. ...Read more

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My husband is currently eating through a feeding tube (peg) inserted in stomach, I need professional advice on how it should be handled?

My husband is currently eating through a feeding tube (peg) inserted in stomach, I need professional advice on how it should be handled?

PEG tube handling: Everyone's different, based on reasons the peg tube was placed, duration of anticipated use, calorie requirements of the patient, patency of stomach outlet & the rate of GI functioning/motility, patient's tolerance to commercial feedings; feeding schedule (continuous versus bolus feeds), device used (button, traditional, etc.); & ? Oral supplements permitted. Best to speak with your husband's doc. ...Read more

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Swallowing disorder the only remedy is to put feeding tube in stomach. Is this the only remedy?

Swallowing disorder the only remedy is to put feeding tube in stomach.  Is this the only remedy?

No: Swallowing difficulties need to be formally evaluated. A feeding tube is the last resort when the swallowing function is so bad that there is risk of food or liquid going into the lungs. ...Read more

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When eating or drinking foods it is going into my lungs instead of my stomach. I have a feeding tube, and just had a test. What doctor should I see.

Gastro: you should follow up with your gastroenterologist. You may need speech therapy in order to re-train your swallowing muscles. Depending on your underlying problem you may also need a neurologist ...Read more

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My mom has had a stroke, has COPD and chf. She has no appetite and complains with upper stomach pain. Should i be concerned? She is 81.

My mom has had a stroke, has COPD and chf. She has no appetite and complains with upper stomach pain. Should i be concerned? She is 81.

Yes: I would recommend seeking medical attention immediately. A doctor should examine her to determine if there is a serious issue; given her heart and lung disease, the symptoms you mention a potentially very serious. ...Read more

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Fever bet 101 & 103 for 2 day cough very bad stomach hurtsfrom coughing pain / sore back lung area. Coughing makes pain worse. I Have COPD n asthma.

Fever bet 101 & 103 for 2 day cough very bad stomach hurtsfrom coughing pain / sore back lung area. Coughing makes pain worse. I Have COPD n asthma.

You definitely need: to be examined by your doctor. This may be a virus, even the flu, but you should be checked for pneumonia/bronchitis. Since you have COPD and asthma, it is even more important that you get examined so that you can be treated properly. ...Read more

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Went 2 er for chest pains138 hrt rate bp89/138,abdominal pain,swelling fever,ct,xrays,blood drawn 2 check thyroid,said dono cause,sent home,said copd?

Went 2 er for chest pains138 hrt rate bp89/138,abdominal pain,swelling fever,ct,xrays,blood drawn 2 check thyroid,said dono cause,sent home,said copd?

ER evaluations: ERs are designed for 'emergencies' so hopefully they did a good job and made sure that your life is not in critical danger. I think, however, you need to have good follow-up, so I would call your primary MD now and arrange to be seen. If you still have chest pains without a clear diagnosis, you need to know what this is to get treated. A second opinion may be necessary if you are not satisfied. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a patient to receive a TPN feed through a GJ Tube?My sis has severe Mastocytosis & Gastroparesis, and enteral feeding tube didn't work.

Is it safe for a patient to receive a TPN feed through a GJ Tube?My sis has severe Mastocytosis & Gastroparesis, and enteral feeding tube didn't work.

Not a question of : safety, rather why give a parenteral feeding, enterally, might not be absorbed efficiently and an expensive preparation would be wasted. The G-J tube is meant to bypass the stomach and go right into the small intestine, there are preparations meant to be used this way that don't need stomach digestive process, ask the doctors/dietician about, wish you and your sister wellness ...Read more

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Can you ask for a feeding tube even if you don't need it?

Can you ask for a feeding tube even if you don't need it?

Not really: Hello, it would not be advisable as even when they are needed, feeding tubes should only be used when better options do not exist. You would open yourself up to the discomfort and risks associated with a foreign body without any need to do so. Definitely not advisable. More important is why you think you would benefit from one as your concerns may be adressed by a better method. ...Read more

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Can you give me the pros and cons of a peg feeding tube.?

Can you give me the pros and cons of a peg feeding tube.?

Depends on the pt: pros: the patient can utilize their gi tract for food/liquids which is always best. cons: risk of procedure, risk of aspiration. at the end of life, risks often outweigh the benefits. for a young patient undergoing ENT surgery, the risk is minimal compared to the benefit. ...Read more

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What problems can happen when someone has a feeding tube?

What problems can happen when someone has a feeding tube?

Multiple.: The most common problem is leakage from around the tube. When the tube has been in for a long time or if it gets manipulated too much, gastric contents can leak around the tube onto the skin. This is the most common problem i see. Other potential problems include infection of the skin at the exit site and complete dislodgement or accidental removing of the tube. Sometimes an obstruction can occur. ...Read more

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How do I keep a feeding tube in a 3month old baby?

How do I keep a feeding tube in a 3month old baby?

Need info..: Is it an NG, OG or gastric feeding tube? Depending on what type, there are different techniques for taping in place to prevent accidental dislodgement. Can ask nurse to show you or re-submit question with type and I'll see if I can talk you through it. ...Read more

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What is the point of nasojejunal feeding tube for MRI scan?

What is the point of nasojejunal feeding tube for MRI scan?

MR enteroclysis: A nasojejunal tube is used for a special MRI procedure called enteroclysis. Putting the tube directly into the small bowel allows the radiologist to fill the intestine with contrast fluid very quickly and get a very good look at the intestine to see if there are polyps, masses, strictures or inflammatory wall thickening. Just drinking the fluid would never fill the intestine completely. ...Read more

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Could a doctor please give me the pros and cons of a peg feeding tube?

Could a doctor please give me the pros and cons of a peg feeding tube?

Pros and cons: pros feeding through the digestive system this way it will not become atrophic from lack of use closest to natural feeding pros could be inserted directly to stomach bypassing the upper part by a scope no surgery or general anesthesia third could be removed any time if it is no longer needed it cons if the patient does need feeding or depend on what you are comparing it to like other feeding opti ...Read more

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Need expert advice. After minor surgery my dad is having trouble swallowing. They want to put in a feeding tube?

Need expert advice. After minor surgery my dad is having trouble swallowing. They want to put in a feeding tube?

Difficult ans: This is difficult to simply answer. What was the surfery what was his baseline condition what transpired post op did he have a stroke. These are all points to consider. Speak to his doctors and consider a neurology consult to determine why he cannot swallow. In the short term he can be fed through a tube running from the nose to the stomach, ...Read more

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After minor surgery my dad is having trouble swallowing. They want to put in a feeding tube. What can we expect afterwards?

After minor surgery my dad is having trouble swallowing. They want to put in a feeding tube. What can we expect afterwards?

Need more informatio: Need information on why he started having difficulty swallowing after some minor surgery. Anyway, i hope him to have a speedy and complete recovery. Take it easy. ...Read more

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I am a 53yo female with autoimmune disease, on a feeding tube (gastrectomy) and diagnosed with CLL, yet I'm gaining weight?

I am a 53yo female with autoimmune disease, on a feeding tube (gastrectomy) and diagnosed with CLL, yet I'm gaining weight?

Possible: If you are not active and are fed more calories than you need, you will gain weight. If you are on steroid, it will do the same. Also need to know if you have low thyroid function as well since thyroid involvement is very common among people with autoimmune disorders ...Read more

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If i eat 100 to 250 calories a day the rest of my nutrition coming from a jejunul feeding tube will my gastric motility deteriorate?

If i eat 100 to 250 calories a day the rest of my nutrition coming from a jejunul feeding tube will my gastric motility deteriorate?

Can't answer here: Clearly, issues are too complex to answer here , if severe enough for you to be on jejunal tube feeding. Need to discuss with your doc, at length. ...Read more

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Since I still can't swallow, lost more then 50 pounds, because the botox paralyzed my swallowing nerves. Will I eventually need a feeding tube?

Since I still can't swallow, lost more then 50 pounds, because the botox paralyzed my swallowing nerves. Will I eventually need a feeding tube?

Possibly: First of all, I would like to know the reason you were injected and where? This could have happened because of too much spread of the botox when it was injected or too many units. For small muscles, such as the sternocleidomastoid, it is not advisable to inject more than 25 units to begin with for torticollis/dystonia. You might need a tube until muscle recover. That might take up to 6 month ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more


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