Sengstaken tube

Sengstaken tube

A tube with two inflatable balloons near one end that is passed into the stomach and inflated to exert pressure on the lower end of the OESOPHAGUS and the upper part of the stomach. This is done to control bleeding from OESOPHAGEAL VARICES. (Robert William Sengstaken, American surgeon, b. 1923).
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If patient is haemodynamically unstable, in shock, then sengstaken tube is passed through the nose and different bulbs are inflated with specific pressure.
3%) patients who had initial endoscopic intervention, the endoscopist was concerned about the adequacy of the intervention and placed a Sengstaken tube on completion of the procedure.