Can feeding tubes cause death?

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asked Dec 25, 2020 in Other- Health by bradsoflens (870 points)
Can feeding tubes cause death?

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answered Jan 13 by Lawklia (1,410 points)
Feeding tubes can in rare cases cause death.

Although feeding tubes are usually pretty safe some people do experience complications with feeding tubes and may also get infections that can lead to death.

Some people who have feeding tubes installed may suffer from chronic neurological or mechanical dysphagia or gut dysfunction, mechanical, gastrointestinal, infectious and metabolic complications.

If the person suffers from any of those complications when they have a feeding tube then they may get more serious health issues or in rare cases die.

But the good news is that most people are using feeding tubes without any complications.

But still you have to be very careful and the feeding tube has to be installed properly to prevent possible infection and other complications.

Only a trained person should install feeding tubes to prevent the possibility of death and infection from the feeding tubes.

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