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

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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Surgery location

Short answer from a non-surgeon.
The percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (peg) feeding tube may interfere with a potential esophageal surgery more than a percutaneous endoscopic jejunum (or duodenum) (pej) tube in the small bowel (after the stomach). This isn't always the case, but one reason.

In brief: Surgery location

Short answer from a non-surgeon.
The percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (peg) feeding tube may interfere with a potential esophageal surgery more than a percutaneous endoscopic jejunum (or duodenum) (pej) tube in the small bowel (after the stomach). This isn't always the case, but one reason.
Dr. Michael Thompson
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