Why are Sengstaken–Blakemore tubes rarely used?

I have read that Sengstaken–Blakemore tubes are used for a bleeding oesophageal varices. However, I was talking to a doctor in hospital the other day and they said that they are not often used in actual practice. Is this true and if so why?

Authored By Steve Wilson on Sunday 20th January 2013

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Debkumar Chowdhury
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Clinical Fellow Surgery - West of Scotland
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Posted over 7 years ago

Firstly one should note that it is only used as a temporary measure to prevent torrential bleeding from the suspected oesophageal varices. This is used only after other non-invasive techniques are used such as medications to control the splanchnic vess

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Chris Kendall
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Medical Student - Leed
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Posted over 7 years ago

I was told by an A and E doctor that it is because endoscopy is so widely available these days that there is no need anymore they are still used at night and in some smaller hospitals who don't have access to endoscopy to control the bleeding, hope

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reza fardipour
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Posted over 7 years ago

The time required for a healthy body four hours a day. The best time is from 2 to 6 am. What do you think about this?

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