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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:

  • Nosebleed
  • Injury to the esophagus, stomach and/or small bowel