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What's a feeding tube for?

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David Escobar
Family Medicine
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In brief: Help with feeding

A feeding tube is used to help patient's with food intake.
The tube will either be put down the throat, or there are more options for long-term care (e.g., a tube surgically placed in the abdomen, to directly access the stomach). Many situations call for feeding tubes; comatose patients, patients with esophageal or swallowing problems, etc.

In brief: Help with feeding

A feeding tube is used to help patient's with food intake.
The tube will either be put down the throat, or there are more options for long-term care (e.g., a tube surgically placed in the abdomen, to directly access the stomach). Many situations call for feeding tubes; comatose patients, patients with esophageal or swallowing problems, etc.
David Escobar
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