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What is the use of a ng tube?

What is the use of a ng tube?

Nasogastric tube: A nasogastric tube is used to evacuate stomach contents. It is commonly used in surgery when the stomach contents need to be removed, or when the GI tract cannot move things through on it own (as with bowel obstruction). An ng tube can also be used in the emergency room to administer medications or remove poisons or overdoses. They go through the nose to prevent the gag reflex, and can stay there. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Nasogastric Tube (Definition)

This is a flexible tube inserted through the nose and then carefully advanced into the stomach. It is used to suction fluids and gases out of the stomach, ...Read more


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What will happen if the NG tube is placed too far down?

What will happen if the NG tube is placed too far down?

Probably OK: A nasogastric tube is usually placed in the stomach either to add fluids or to remove fluids. There are special tubes designed to through the stomach into the intestine for feeding purposes, so if the nasogastric tube goes too far, that's not a problem. However, if the tube does not allow suction, it should be pulled back into the stomach. ...Read more

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Do you know where I can find an image of an ng (nasogastric) tube?

Do you know where I can find an image of an ng (nasogastric) tube?

NG tube: Nasogastric tube is used for different purposes. The tubes used for more prolonged tube feeding are smaller, softer, and more flexible. The tubes used to aspirate (remove) fluid tend to be larger and a little firmer. ...Read more

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How can you help make inserting a nasogastric (ng) tube less uncomforatable?

How can you help make inserting a nasogastric (ng) tube less uncomforatable?

NUMBING THE: Back of the throat and have you swallow some liquid when it gets to the back of your throat, but there is no infallible way to make this comfortable. ...Read more

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How do you make an NG tube more flexible (softer) the ones I have been given hurt when inserted?

How do you make an NG tube more flexible (softer) the ones I have been given hurt when inserted?

Warm water: NG tubes are one of the most uncomfortable procedures that are done to awake patients. Warming up the tube in a warm water bath will make them softer and more pliable, but this in turn may make it more difficult to insert. Ask your doctor if you can try some nebulized lidocaine 10 minutes prior to insertion to see if that numbs up your nose and pharynx enough to make the procedure more tolerable. ...Read more

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Hospitalized 9 days now with pancreatitis. Yesterday started feeding me with a ng tube and am unable to tolerate it. What's the next step up from a ng tube?

Hospitalized 9 days now with pancreatitis. Yesterday started feeding me with a ng tube and am unable to tolerate it. What's the next step up from a ng tube?

Pancreatitis: Most patients with acute pancreatitis are eating, first liquids and then soft solids, well before 9 days unless there are complicating factors present causing ongoing inflammation, abscess, or obstruction. Your hospital physician, who knows all the facts, is obviously best qualified to answer your question. You can also receive nutrition with certain substances given through an IV. ...Read more

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My eight year old daughter had a ng tube in her espaugus. Is this serious?

My eight year old daughter had a ng tube in her espaugus. Is this serious?

Not necessarily: An NG tube is supposed to pass through the esophagus into the stomach. Sometimes it will slip back and need to be re-positioned. That is a routine problem in dealing with patient care. The more serious issue would be why it is needed in the first place. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink coffee after two weeks with an ng tube in? I should be getting it out monday.

Can't you wait?: If I read your message correctly, it's sunday evening and monday is tomorrow. Wait a few more hours--i think you'll find the coffee will be much more satisfying with the ng tube out. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my eight year old daughter had a ng tube in her espaugus is it dangerous?

What do you suggest if my eight year old daughter had a ng tube in her espaugus is it dangerous?

Depends: All interventions have some associated risk. In the right setting, this is a necessary part of therapy. If the situation arises that suggests the tube would need to be in to assure fluid balance for weeks or longer, a gastrotomy could be performed with placement of a gastric tube. That would allow access with less nose and throat irritation. That also has potential complications. ...Read more

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Ng tube feedings used for my preemie. Had frequent nosebleed on that side later. Any relation?

Ng tube feedings used for my preemie. Had frequent nosebleed on that side later. Any relation?

Possibly: If your baby had an ng for more than a day or two, it was likely switched from one side to the other. It is unlikely that nosebleeds later in life would be related to this. However if the ng was left in place for a prolonged period it can cause erosions, or breakdown of the mucosa. This could present with heavy nose bleeds. ...Read more

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For an eating disorder. Can you get put on an NG tube without being sectioned or being inpatient?

For an eating disorder. Can you get put on an NG tube without being sectioned or being inpatient?

It can be done: Outpatient, but I would wonder why you would not want to try more intensive outpatient psychotherapy. There are Intensive Outpatient Therapy Programs, where they can help you start to have healthier eating habits and get to the core of what has led to the eating disorder. Consult with a hospital that has both in and out patient treatment options. They will help you decide. ...Read more

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Can you be fed on an NG tube for an eating disorder without becoming inpatient before or during the time?

Can you be fed on an NG tube for an eating disorder without becoming inpatient before or during the time?

Inpatient care: A feeding tube is serious business for so some with an eating disorder. Usually this is because the person is not gaining or progressing enough on an outpatient basis to be safe. In essence, the tube force feeds the person who can't do it on their own. I wonder if your doc is recommending this or if you just heard about it. Talk with your doctor about your progress, or what is getting in the w ...Read more

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When administrating medication through an ng tube or gastrostomy tube, how many mls of saline is used to flush for pediatric patients?

When administrating medication through an ng tube or gastrostomy tube, how many mls of saline is used to flush for pediatric patients?

Depends on med: Five to ten mL is a general amount of saline flush in larger children, depending on the viscosity of the medication being delivered through the tube. Infants and very small children may require less. ...Read more

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90yo, refused food 20days, ng tube for 7, keep sleeping for 23.5h/d-tired! Geriatric said her system maybe shutting down. How to determine stroke/dying?

90yo, refused food 20days, ng tube for 7, keep sleeping for 23.5h/d-tired! Geriatric said her system maybe shutting down. How to determine stroke/dying?

Spend quality time.: Your loved one is nearing her death, which we all must face. Let hers be surrounded by the love of those who can ease the passing. Does she have a living will or advance directives? If so follow them. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm 5'7" and weight 100lbs. My heart is beginning to fail, currently in hospital being fed through a NG tube! Anorexia is winning…I want to die! Help?

I'm 5'7" and weight 100lbs. My heart is beginning to fail, currently in hospital being fed through a NG tube! Anorexia is winning…I want to die! Help?

Psychiatry: I understand. Certainly, speak with a psychiatrist about your desire to die. I would advise advance directives, a living will and a delegated medical power of attorney. Certainly see if you are a Hospice candidate, although you don't state that you are terminal. The type of help you are requesting, is obviously, not available online. Counseling will be therapeutic for you. ...Read more

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Underwent surgery a week ago to remove blockage in small intestine & since they removed ng tube I've been vomiting green once a day. Why won't this end?

Underwent surgery a week ago to remove blockage in small intestine & since they removed ng tube I've been vomiting green once a day. Why won't this end?

Post surgery care: Your frustration is understandable! . If you are still in the hospital your surgery team will address the daily vomiting. If you are out of the hospital, then call your surgeon or return to the same facility where you had surgery. The are times when a second reason for the blockage is identified, after the first reason is surgically addressed. ...Read more

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Skin & bones now. Scans GI scopes, blood, allergies ok. Believe gi. Working w/gi@mayo who wants to try ng tube but won't do here. Very weak. Ideas?

Skin & bones now. Scans GI scopes, blood, allergies ok. Believe gi. Working w/gi@mayo who wants to try ng tube but won't do here. Very weak. Ideas?

Weight loss: At mayo they use a multidisciplinary group practice approach. The idea is that in just a few days all possible reasons are evaluated by multiple specialist to determine the cause. Would expect that GI would do there evaluation at the same time they are getting other opinions. ...Read more

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I returned from the hospital yesterday with a small bowel obstruction resolved by ng tube. I still feel nausea after I eat. Is this to be expected?

I returned from the hospital yesterday with a small bowel obstruction resolved by ng tube. I still feel nausea after I eat. Is this to be expected?

Can be: Yes you can still have symptoms of nausea eventhough your small bowel obstruction is resolved. It may not be 100%. Just give it time and stay on liquids for a few days and see how you feel. ...Read more

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85 y old female under pseudo dementia, bed ridden due to knee joint problem, has reduced ensure to 100 ml per day, refusing ng tube, advice what to do?

85 y old female under pseudo dementia, bed ridden due to knee joint problem, has reduced ensure to 100 ml per day, refusing ng tube, advice what to do?

Geriatric psychiatry: I would suggest having the patient seen by a geriatric psychiatrist, who can differentiate between "pseudodementia, " "dementia, " and "delirium." in the latter, people can become disoriented, confused, and combative from physical medical problems. When these are discovered and treated, mental status generally improves. There are also treatable causes of dementia, if that's her chronic state. ...Read more

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What's a nasogastric tube like?

What's a nasogastric tube like?

Like a tube: Tube inserted through the nose and place the tip in the stomach to feed the patient
long term use of nasogastric tube can cause erosion to the nose and nostrils and can cause all kind of sinus problems
if tube feeding warranted the use PEG tube which a tube that could go directly to the stomach via the abdomen bypassing the upper part and could be inserted by a scope ...Read more

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What is a nasogastric tube used for?

What is a nasogastric tube used for?

Nasogastric tube: A nasogastric tube is used to evacuate stomach contents. It is commonly used in surgery when the stomach contents need to be removed, or when the GI tract cannot move things through on it own (as with bowel obstruction). An ng tube can also be used in the emergency room to administer medications or remove poisons or overdoses. They go through the nose to prevent the gag reflex, and can stay there. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: nasogastric tube?

What is the definition or description of: nasogastric tube?

NG tube: This is a flexible tube inserted through the nose and then carefully advanced into the stomach. It is used to suction fluids and gases out of the stomach, often for surgical patients. ...Read more

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What does the procedure for nasogastric tube removal entail?

What does the procedure for nasogastric tube removal entail?

Gently pull: The tube is released from the tape which holds it in place. It is gently pulled and withdrawn out the nose. It requires no medication and is not painful although many people will have a significant gag reflex during the process. ...Read more

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How can you give medication if the nasogastric tube is blocked?

How can you give medication if the nasogastric tube is blocked?

You can't...: If the tube is clogged, only by unclogging it can you either instill new medications or remove fluid from the stomach. ...Read more

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There are medical reasons that require feeding a baby through a nasogastric tube?

There are medical reasons that require feeding a baby through a nasogastric tube?

Yes.: This is not appropriate for any healthy babies, but premature and ill infants, as well as some with certain swallowing issues, could possibly benefit from short-term use of n-g feeding. ...Read more

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Is prolonged nasogastric tube feeding ok?

Is prolonged nasogastric tube feeding ok?

No: Long term use of nasogastric tube can cause erosion to the nose and nostrils and can cause all kind of sinus problems
if tube feeding warranted the use PEG tube which a tube that could go directly to the stomach via the abdomen bypassing the upper part and could be inserted by a scope no need for surgery or anesthesia and tolerated by any body regardless how sick they are it could be done bed side ...Read more

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What is nasogastric tube feeding used for?

What is nasogastric tube feeding used for?

Simple bypass: Ng feeding is a simple and short term way to maintain enteral (using the digestive tract) feedings to maintain adequate nutrition while a patient is not aleart enough to feed or has problems with the swallowing process. If the patient has long term needs, a tube thru the abdominal wall to the stomach can do the same thing. Good nutrition is important to healing. ...Read more

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Can a nasogastric tube help in the case of bulimia?

Can a nasogastric tube help in the case of bulimia?

No.: I don't see this as helpful, and it certainly does not address the core of the problem. ...Read more