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Mortality associated with nasogastric tube feeding was high

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7036.973 (Published 13 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:973
  1. H D Duncan,
  2. E Walters,
  3. D B A Silk
  1. Gastroenterology research fellow Research dietitian Consultant gastroenterologist Central Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust, London NW10 7NS

    EDITOR,—B Norton and colleagues suggest that percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding is superior to nasogastric tube feeding in patients with dysphagic stroke.1 Since their conclusions are likely to have a considerable impact on clinical practice we wish to raise several concerns about the study.

    Firstly, we are concerned that decisions about providing nutritional support to these patients were not made for two weeks after admission. As it is stated that intravenous fluid was the patients' sole nutritional intake before they entered the …

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