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Orogastric intubation

Clapis
Contributor(s):

David Perpinan

Vladimir Jekl

Synonym(s): Gastric intubation, Stomach tubing, Stomach probe


Introduction

  • Insertion of a feeding tube into the stomach via the mouth.

Uses

  • Decompression of gastric tympanism : most common use in rabbits.
  • Providing nutrition in cases of anorexia Anorexia or decreased appetite: long-term anorexia may be better treated with an esophagostomy tube Esophagus: esophagostomy or with a nasogastric tube Nasogastric intubation.
  • Administration of medication (single dosing) when the rabbit is not taking it by other routes: long-term therapy may be better achieved via an esophagostomy tube or with a nasogastric tube.

Advantages

  • Acceptance is significantly better than nasogastric intubation.
  • The procedure is quick, easy to learn and perform, and does not produce significant discomfort for the patient.
  • In life-threatening situations, eg gastric bloating, orogastric intubation is recommended over nasogastric intubation or the placement of an esophagostomy tube.
  • It may be performed by a single operator in an emergency situation.

Disadvantages

  • It is not generally recommended for long-term treatment of any condition.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Lord B & Oglesbee B L (2020) Gastrointestinal Diseases of Rabbits. In: Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery. 4th edn. Eds: Quesenberry K E, Orcutt C J, Mans C & Carpenter J W. Elsevier, USA. pp 174-108.
  • Harcourt-Brown F (2014) Rabbit Basic Science. In: Textbook of Rabbit Medicine. 2nd edn. Ed: Varga M. Butterworth Heinemann, UK. pp 3-108.
  • Richardson J & Keeble E (2014) Physical Examination and Clinical Techniques. In: BSAVA Manual of Rabbit Medicine. Eds: Meredith A & Lord B. BSAVA, UK. pp 80-107.

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