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    Nasogastric Tube

    Nasogastric Tube

    A nasogastric tube is a long, flexible plastic tube inserted into a person's nose and threaded into the stomach to deliver fluid that contains nutrients directly into the stomach (tube feeding). A nasogastric tube may also be used to suction excess gastric fluids out of the stomach and to deliver medicines to a person who temporarily cannot swallow.

    Current as of: November 20, 2015

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kimberly Dow, MD, FRCPC - Neonatology

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