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Kathleen Handal, MD, Emergency Medicine, answeredA quick way to get things in or out of the stomach is to insert a nasogastric (NG) tube. It is used to relieve pressure caused by fluid behind an obstruction or to remove blood or stomach acid. A soft, clear tube is placed through one nostril and travels down your throat and into your stomach. Emergency room staff will estimate the distance from your nostril to your stomach first.
Healthwise answeredA nasogastric tube is a long, flexible plastic tube inserted into a person's nose and threaded into the stomach to deliver fluid containing nutrients directly into the stomach (tube feeding). A nasogastric tube may also be used to suction excess gastric fluids out of the stomach or deliver medicines to a person who temporarily cannot swallow.
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