Do Weighted Nasoenteric Feeding Tubes Facilitate Duodenal Intubations?

R. Levenson, W. W. Turner, A. Dyson, L. Zike, J. Reisch

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A widely held assumption is that postpyloric intubations occur more often with weighted than with unweighted nasally inserted feeding tubes. This randomized, prospective study compared the frequency of duodenal intubations using weighted and unweighted nasoenteric feeding tubes. One hundred sixteen patients had either weighted (61 patients) or unweighted (55 patients) 10F silicone elastomer feeding tubes inserted nasally 85 cm. Tubes were placed with wire stylets. Tube positions were verified radiographically within 4 hr after insertions. Radiographs were repeated daily for 3 days or until duodenal intubation occurred. Successful duodenal intubations were achieved in 35 patients (57%) with weighted feeding tubes and in 37 patients (67%) with unweighted feeding tubes. This difference was not significant. Weighted nasoenteric feeding tubes offer no advantage over unweighted tubes in achieving duodenal intubations. ( Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 12:135-137, 1988).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-137
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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