Nasojejunal Tube Placement
What is a nasojejunal (NJ) tube?
A nasojejunal (NJ) tube is a small tube that is passed through the nose and into the small bowel to feed children who cannot get enough nutrients by eating.
How is a nasojejunal tube placed?
After numbing gel is placed on the nose a small tube will be guided down the nose and into the jejunum (small bowel) using fluoroscopic (X-ray) guidance. To help visualize the stomach and small bowel, a small amount of contrast (X-ray dye) will be injected through the tube. Once positioned, the tube will be secured to the cheek with adhesive tape.
RISKS ASSOCIATED ARE:
The procedure is considered very low risk but the potential complications include:
- Injury to the esophagus, stomach and/or small bowel