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Tubes, Esophageal

Definition : Tubes designed to access the esophagus through the mouth or nose for examination, treatment, or other purposes. These devices typically consist of rubber or polymeric flexible tubes with a diameter, length, and other physical characteristics appropriate for reaching the esophagus. Dedicated esophageal tubes are used to facilitate the diagnosis of esophagus diseases, to treat hemorrhage (i.e., tamponade) from esophageal varices, to provide suction of liquids and/or other materials, and to be used as a first step in esophagus reconstruction; they may also be used to assess some stomach diseases. Dedicated tubes intended for patient rewarming may be also available.

Entry Terms : "Tubes, Esophageal, Other" , "Gastrointestinal Tubes" , "Esophageal Tubes" , "Esophageal Thermal Tubes" , "Esophageal Rewarming Tubes" , "Tubes, Gastrointestinal"

UMDC code : 14195


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