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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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Dr. Colin McCannel
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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

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


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more