gastrostomy tube

Pronunciation: (gas-TROS-toh-mee toob)

A tube inserted through the wall of the abdomen directly into the stomach. It allows air and fluid to leave the stomach and can be used to give drugs and liquids, including liquid food, to the patient. Giving food through a gastrostomy tube is a type of enteral nutrition. Also called PEG tube and percutaneous endoscopic tube.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2007-10-04 Date last modified: 2009-11-13