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Simple method for placing nasogastric tubes in patients with dysphagia



Simple method for placing nasogastric tubes in patients with dysphagia



Lancet 358(9283): 725-726



Patients who have had an acute stroke often have dysphagia and tube feeding becomes necessary. In these patients placing nasogastric tubes is often difficult, or even impossible. We describe a simple method for placing nasogastric tubes by inducing the swallowing reflex, which is independent of the patient's ability to co-operate. Among nine patients for whom the conventional methods had failed 20 placements were made, 19 of which were successful. Our approach is much less distressing for patients than conventional methods.

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Accession: 047370903

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PMID: 11551581

DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(01)05902-5


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