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Gastric Lavage

Specialty:

Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

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Description:

Gastric lavage involves placing a large bore tube into the stomach and lavaging out the gastric contents, hopefully removing any toxic contents in the process. While once a popular method it is used much less frequently today. There is little evidence of any real benefit from the process for most poisoned patients, while serious complications may occur.

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