Patients who either are unable to take any nutrition orally or who are unable to take sufficient nutrition orally, but in whom the gastrointestinal tract is functioning, may be fed enterally. This implies feeding into the gastrointestinal tract using a tube. Common underlying disease processes leading to enteral tube feeding include neurological disorders affecting swallowing, head and neck malignancy and oesophago-gastric diseases.


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