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View in Spanish: Tubo endoscopico percutáneo

Percutaneous endoscopic tube (per-kyoo-TAY-nee-us en-doh-SKAH-pik gas-TROS-toh-mee toob)
A tube inserted through the wall of the abdomen directly into the stomach. It allows air and fluid to leave the stomach and can be used to give drugs and liquids, including liquid food, to the patient. Giving food through a percutaneous endoscopic tube is a type of enteral nutrition. Also called gastrostomy tube and PEG tube.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.