Archives of Physiological Therapy Volume 3-4

Archives of Physiological Therapy Volume 3-4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: a food. HYDROTHERAPY Gastric Lavage (W. Brownley F 01187, Virginia Medical Semi'-Monthly, March 9, I906.) The use of the stomach tube in conjunction with test meals furnishes diagnostic information of great value which cannot be obtained in any other way, and the therapeutic use of the tube is of very great value in the management of gastroenteric disease. The only apparatus necessary is a common, soft rubber stomach tube with a funnel, a pitcher for the solution, and a waste basin. "The easiest tube to introduce is a fairly stiff one, with no terminal opening, but with a closed, conical end. Such tubes are not as easily cleaned as those with the terminal opening, since food residues lodge in the tube beyond the eyelets and are not readily dislodged. A very flexible tube is less liable to injure the stomach than a stiff one and is to be used where injury by the tube is feared. The eyelets should be well rounded, as their edges, if sharp, are prolific sources of injury to the mucous membrane. With a very soft and flexible tube, more difficulty may be experienced in passing from the pharynx to the oesophagus and in passing the cardia. The occasional coiling of a soft tube in the mouth and stomach is productive of much discomfort to the patient and annoyance to the operator. A large tube is desirable for the early removal of a mixed meal, and in any case in which tough mucus or large food masses, like unchewed meat, solid fruits, etc., are likely to be encountered. When the food masses are very large, the end of the tube should be wide open, though a very large terminal opening making it impossible to give the tube a conical end, makes its introduction more diflicult and increases the liability to in jury of the stomach more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 123676305X
  • 9781236763051