Medicine:Replogle tube

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A Replogle tube is a medical device used in the treatment of babies with esophageal atresia or other blockages of the gastro intestinal tract. It is a double-lumen tube which is inserted through the baby's nostril into the stomach (or blind-end pouch). This provides decompression to a distended abdomen and also avoids backup of gas, stool or secretions overflowing into the trachea (windpipe) and causing problems such as aspiration pneumonia [1]

Replogle tubes can be flushed regularly with saline and attached to suction help remove secretions, stool, or excess air.

Normally, a Replogle tube is used only for hours or days while the baby develops or awaits surgical intervention, but in cases where surgery has to be delayed a Replogle may be needed for weeks or even months.

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