Nasojejunal Tube

Also known as: NJ tube, nasal feeding tube.

What is nasojejunal tube?

A nasojejunal tube is used to feed a patient (often a child) if he or she is unable to take food by mouth. The tube passes through the nose and into the small intestines.

What happens during the procedure?

The tube is placed (or replaced) using a type of X-ray to guide it into position. Once in position, the tube is taped to the cheek to hold it in place. The tube is then used to help the deliver nutrition and for other purposes.

Is any special preparation needed?

You’ll need to avoid food and drink for a set period of time before the procedure.

What are the risk factors?

Bleeding, infection, tearing of the bowels or equipment failure are possible complications of a nasojejunal tube.

Reviewed by: Carrie Firestone Baum, MD

This page was last updated on: April 22, 2021 04:19 PM

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