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What is a nasogastric tube?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
A 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.
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Few people get through life without at least one trip to the emergency room (ER), either as a patient or support person for a family member or friend. Doc’s ER Survival Guide is designed to help...

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