• The intestinal tube here described is designed for use during surgical operations, to relieve existing distention caused by obstruction or to prevent ileus during the postoperative period. The tube bears a stylet that can be transformed at will from a flexible to a semirigid shaft. This enables the surgeon to control the tube by palpating it through the gastric wall as it advances. Passage through the pylorus, duodenum, and jejunum is thus expedited. The technique has been used more than 50 times to relieve distention in patients with intestinal obstruction.
Smith GA. LONG INTESTINAL TUBES FOR OPERATIVE DECOMPRESSION AND POSTOPERATIVE ILEUS. JAMA. 1956;160(4):266-268. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960390016005