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Gastrointestinal therapy techniques 

Gastrointestinal therapy techniques
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Gastrointestinal therapy techniques
Author(s):

Carl Waldmann

, Neil Soni

, and Andrew Rhodes

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199229581.003.0004
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date: 20 April 2019

Insertion of a Sengstaken–Blakemore tube in critical care 74

Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy 76

Nasojejunal feeding in critical care patients 78

The Sengstaken–Blakemore tube is very effective at controlling torrential bleeding from oesophago-gastric varices. Its use is associated with serious complications such as oesophageal ulceration, oesophageal perforation and aspiration pneumonia in 15–20% of cases. Up to 50% of patients will re-bleed once the balloon is deflated. so its primary function is to control bleeding initially prior to further definitive treatment....

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