Re-establishing patency of a small bore feeding tube with complete occlusion- A novel use for an ERCP catheter

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Background: The use of small-bore nasoen-teral feeding tubes has become a common method to provide temporary access for enteral nutrition. Occlusion is a frequent problem, which occurs in approximately 6% to 10% of patients. A reliable, reproducible, and cost-effective technique to clear complete tube occlusion is needed. Method: A Glo-tip, 5-4-3 translucent TFE endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) catheter (Wilson Cook, Winston Salem, NC) was inserted into the lumen of a completely obstructed 12 Fr, 152 cm, polyurethane weighted-tip feeding tube (Endotube; Kangaroo Feeding Products). The catheter was easily advanced to the level of the occlusion, disrupting the clogged material, and flushed, relieving the obstruction. Conclusion: We present a novel, cost-effective method to clear a completely obstructed small bore nasojejunal feeding tube, using a biliary catheter. Copyright © 2001 American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

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Cited Authors

  • Golioto, M; Lytle, J; Jowell, P

Published Date

  • January 1, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 284 - 285

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0884-5336

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/088453360101600504

Citation Source

  • Scopus