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Can a patient eat if there tube inserted in the neck for breathing. Patient has been on a ventilator for past week and is unable to breath on his own?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, sometimes...
Sometimes a person with a trach tube can eat.
To determine whether or not the person can eat without aspirating, they will need to have a test called a modified barium swallow. It consists of eating different foods mixed w/ barium and watching where the food goes via x-ray. The test is done by a radiologist and speech therapist and the person can then eat what is deemed safe by the speech therapis.

In brief: Yes, sometimes...
Sometimes a person with a trach tube can eat.
To determine whether or not the person can eat without aspirating, they will need to have a test called a modified barium swallow. It consists of eating different foods mixed w/ barium and watching where the food goes via x-ray. The test is done by a radiologist and speech therapist and the person can then eat what is deemed safe by the speech therapis.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It sounds like you are referring to a tracheostomy.
This is done when a patient needs to be on a ventilator for a longer time.. Many patients with such a tube can swallow and therefore eat, especially if they have gotten well enough to have periods of time off the ventilator, but some will require artificial feeding for a time via a feeding tube if they are not able to swallow.

In brief: Yes
It sounds like you are referring to a tracheostomy.
This is done when a patient needs to be on a ventilator for a longer time.. Many patients with such a tube can swallow and therefore eat, especially if they have gotten well enough to have periods of time off the ventilator, but some will require artificial feeding for a time via a feeding tube if they are not able to swallow.
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Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not really
Feedings can be provided by a tube that goes through the nose or mouth into the stomach or through an iv.
Usually people do not eat by mouth when they are ventilator dependant.

In brief: Not really
Feedings can be provided by a tube that goes through the nose or mouth into the stomach or through an iv.
Usually people do not eat by mouth when they are ventilator dependant.
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