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What are the different types of feeding tubes used in enteral nutrition?

Following are the different types of feeding tubes used for enteral nutrition:

  • A nasogastric tube goes in through the nose and carries food all the way to the stomach.
  • A nasojejunal tube also goes in through the nose, but it carries food past the stomach all the way to the small intestine.
  • A gastrostomy doesn’t go through the nose at all. Instead, the tube goes through the skin on the abdomen and carries food straight into the stomach.
  • A jejunostomy also goes in through the skin on the abdomen and carries food straight into the middle of the small intestine. The hole where the gastrostomy and jejunostomy goes through is called a stoma. There may be a small tube that comes out of the stoma, or a button that covers it.

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