Miller-Abbott tube

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Miller-Abbott tube

 [mil´er-ab´ot]
a double-channel intestinal tube with an inflatable balloon at its distal end, used for diagnosing and treating obstructive lesions of the small intestine. The tube is inserted via a nostril and gently passed through the stomach and into the small intestine.

The Miller-Abbott tube is often used in the treatment of intestinal obstruction. Care must be used in irrigating the tube and in attaching it to a suction apparatus because of the possibility of confusing the two lumina. The lumen marked “suction” is used for irrigations and suction; the other lumen leads to the small rubber bag intended to hold the tube in place. The introduction of too large an amount of fluid into the bag could lead to rupture of the intestine.

Mil·ler-Ab·bott tube

(mil'ĕr ab'ŏt),
a tube with two lumens, one ending in a small collapsible balloon and the other in a metallic tip with numerous perforations; used for decompression and stenting of the small intestine.
Synonym(s): Abbott tube

Miller-Abbott tube

Etymology: Thomas G. Miller, American physician, 1886-1981; William O. Abbott, American physician, 1902-1943
a long, small-caliber double-lumen catheter once widely used in intestinal intubation for decompression and originally containing mercury. One lumen ends in a perforated metal tip and the other in a collapsible balloon. These tubes are radiopaque and can therefore be seen on a radiogram. Similar tubes, such as the Maglinte or MDEC tube have largely replaced the Miller-Abbott tube. Compare Harris tube. See also gastric intubation.
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Miller-Abbott tube

Mil·ler-Ab·bott tube

(mil'ĕr ab'ŏt tūb)
A tube with two lumens, one ending in a small collapsible balloon and the other in a metallic tip with numerous perforations; used for intestinal decompression.
Synonym(s): Abbott tube.

Miller-Abbott tube

A tube with a double bore and a balloon at the end, that is passed into and through the stomach and allowed to be carried by PERISTALSIS into the bowel to locate an obstruction and allow clearance by aspiration. (Thomas Grier Miller, American physician, b. 1886, and William Osler Abbott, 1902–43, American physician).

Abbott,

William Osler, U.S. physician, 1902-1943.
Abbott tube - Synonym(s): Miller-Abbott tube
Miller-Abbott catheter - Synonym(s): Miller-Abbott tube
Miller-Abbott tube - see under Miller, Thomas Grier

Miller,

Thomas Grier, U.S. internist, 1886-1981.
Miller-Abbott catheter - Synonym(s): Miller-Abbott tube
Miller-Abbott tube - a double-lumen tube used for intestinal decompression. Synonym(s): Abbott tube; Miller-Abbott catheter

Miller-Abbott tube

a double-channel intestinal tube with an inflatable balloon at its distal end, used for diagnosing and treating obstructive lesions of the small intestine. The tube is inserted via a nostril and gently passed through the stomach and into the small intestine. Used in humans in the treatment of intestinal obstruction.