Artificial feeding, sometimes called "tube feeding," supplies
nutrition and liquids to those unable or unwilling to eat or drink. It is done
by surgically inserting a tube directly into the stomach (gastrostomy) or by
inserting a tube through the mouth or nose (orogastric or nasogastric [NG]
Liquid nutrients may also be delivered into the bloodstream through
a needle or catheter that is inserted into a vein (intravenous feeding).
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology