Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Nasoesophageal intubation

Contributor(s): Ken Harkin, James Simpson

Introduction

  • To place a feeding tube via the nose into the distal esophagus to provide a route for direct feeding/fluid administration.
  • Do not place in stomach as this can cause gastro-esophageal reflux.

Uses

  • Administration of:
    • Nutrition to debilitated patient.
    • Nutrition while avoiding oral cavity.
    • Drugs or radiographic contrast agents avoiding oral route.
  • Gastric decompression.

Advantages

  • Simple procedure - requires no general anesthetic.
  • Flexible but secure route of administration.
  • Usually well-tolerated by patient.
  • Equipment readily available in practice.
  • Good for short-term feeding (3-7 days).

Disadvantages

  • Tubes are easily blocked - must flush regularly.
  • Animal may dislodge tube if not securely fixed.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • (1997) Post-operative care of the surgical patient. In: Small Animal Surgery. Fossum T W (ed), Mosby, St Louis. Chapter 11, p 64.
  • Guilford W G (1996) Nutritional management of gastrointestinal diseases. In: Small Animal Gastroenterology. Strombeck (ed), 3rd edn. W B Saunders, Philadelphia. p 889.


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