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Tubes, Jejunostomy

Definition : Tubes designed for insertion through a surgical opening into the jejunum; the distal tip usually remains in the jejunum. These tubes typically consist of a soft, clear silicone tube with a small plastic attachment (e.g., a Dacron ring) next to the skin and secured by a bumper (e.g., wings) on the inside; they may be placed by open surgery or by using fluoroscopic-guided, laparoscopic, or percutaneous endoscopic procedures. Jejunostomy tubes are used mainly for feeding patients (usually children) who require medium- or long-term enteral feeding but who are unable to maintain sufficient oral intake (e.g., patients who have severe neurologic impairment; patients who have tumors of the mouth, larynx, or esophagus); some tubes are also used for decompression, administration of medications, and/or for drainage.

Entry Terms : "Jejunostomy Tubes" , "Gastrointestinal Tubes" , "Jejunostomy Catheters" , "Tubes, Gastrointestinal" , "Catheters, Gastrostomy/Jejunal" , "Catheters, Jejunostomy"

UMDC code : 18854

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Nestle HealthCare Nutrition Inc

Company Type: Parent

Through its Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition business, Nestlé Health Science offers nutritional solutions for people with specific dietary needs related to illnesses, disease states or the special challenges of different life stages. Nestlé Health Science, with worldwide headquarters in Lutry, Switzerland, became operational on January 1, 2011 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestlé S.A.

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