Feeding Tubes

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Different Types of Feeding Tubes

Feeding tubes are classified on the basis of the site of insertion and intended use.

  • Nasogastric Feeding Tubes: Nasogastric (NG) feeding tubes are inserted through the nose, down the oesophagus and into the stomach. They are usually used for short-term tube feeding, approximately six to eight weeks. 

  • Nasojejunal Feeding Tubes: Nasojejunal (NJ) feeding tubes are inserted through the nose, down the oesophagus and stomach, into the small intestine (jejunum). They are used when feeding into the stomach is not tolerated. 

  • Gastrostomy Tubes: Gastrostomy feeding tubes are directly inserted into the stomach through a small incision in the abdomen. They are used for long-term, approximately more than six weeks. 

  • Jejunal Feeding Tubes: Jejunal feeding tubes are inserted through the stomach into the small intestine (PEG-J) or directly into the small intestine (JEJ) through a small incision in the abdomen. They are used for long-term, approximately more than six weeks.