A feeding tube is a special catheter used to: administer liquid food to people who are incapable of oral intake of food or liquid,administer medication, drain (siphon) or pump out gastric juice.
There are different ways to place a feeding tube. A feeding tube can be inserted through the nose, in the stomach or in the intestines (duodenum, jejunum). Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a technique in which a feeding tube is placed into the stomach through the abdominal wall. This thin tube (PEG tube) is used to feed a patient who is incapable of oral food intake for a prolonged period of time.