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July 1975

A New Use for Catheter DuodenostomyPostoperative Enteric Alimentation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(7):845-846. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360130077018

A planned duodenal tube fistula was used In conjunction with partial gastrectomy to avoid closure of a difficult duodenal stump. Because the patient refused adequate oral feedings for various reasons, despite a functional and patent intestinal tract, the duodenostomy tube was used for alimentation. Removal of such tubes should be delayed in such patients until their oral intake is satisfactory.