Stomach acid does deteriorate the tube. My husband had a feeding tube for 14 years and I changed his as needed. I was a nurse. Those bulbs on the end lost their ability to keep liquid and deflated. Easy to change out
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My husband is 15 years out from tonsil cancer with radiation. He is unable to eat anything and uses a feeding time, he had all his teeth removed and gets really thick dry mucus buildup in his mouth. Takes a sip of jack Daniels and it loosens this mucus so he can cough it out. The Jack is the only thing that will cut through the mucus.