Feeding tube. Definition

Medical Definition: Feeding tube

Type of enteral nutrition (nutrition is sent to the digestive system in liquid form). For tube feeding, place a small tube through the nose into the stomach or small intestine. Sometimes it is surgically placed in the stomach or the intestinal tract through an opening made outside the abdomen, according to the time period to be used. People who are unable to meet their needs with food and drink for themselves and do not have vomiting or uncontrollable diarrhea may be fed by tube. The feeding tube can be used to add nutrients to what a person can eat or can be the sole source of nutrition.

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