Sengstaken tube | definition of Sengstaken tube by Medical dictionary
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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