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Doctor insights on: Why Should A Feeding Tube Be Inserted In The Duodenum And Not The Stomach

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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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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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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.

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Any ideas why a person with esophageal cancer will have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?

Any ideas why a person with esophageal cancer will have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?

Better tolerated: Two major reasons. First, the stomach is the preferred organ substitute for esophageal cancer surgery, and second, duodenal feedings are generally better tolerated, and are associated with less reflux. ...Read more

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How is a feeding tube replaced and removed?

How is a feeding tube replaced and removed?

Depends.: Feeding tubes are either placed in a percutaneous fashion or an open fashion, depending on multiple factors with the patient. The percutaneous entry route is done without surgery, the open route is a surgical procedure. Either way, most tubes can usually be removed by a hard pull on the tube. It comes out of the skin incision and the tract usually closes up on it's own. ...Read more

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Will all Parkinson's patients eventually need a feeding tube?

Will all Parkinson's patients eventually need a feeding tube?

Not usually: Usually causes gait problems, temors, dementia, etc. Swallowing and esophogeal dysmotility not common. ...Read more

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Do all Parkinson's patients deteriorate and eventually need a feeding tube?

Parkinson's: In general, parkinson's-afflicted people tend to deteriorate over time. This mainly is a neurological disease, and dementia, as well as deterioration of motor function can become compromised. That being said, i treat a lot of patients with parkinson's disease, and most of them do not need, or have needed feeding tubes. ...Read more