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Feeding tube

Acronym: 
PEG
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A feeding tube is a way to inject food directly into a patients body without the normal procedure of having to chew and swallow. A feeding tube provides food through a tube placed, most often, in the nose, the small intestine, and through the stomach. A tube in the nose is called a nasogastric tube or nasoenteral tube. A tube that goes through the skin into the stomach is called a gastrostomy or percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). This is the most common type of feeding tube for patients with ALS. A tube into the small intestine is called a jejunostomy or percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy (PEJ) tube.
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