Nasointestinal tube | definition of nasointestinal tube by Medical dictionary
A long tube inserted through the nose into the stomach for decompression. A weight at the end promotes its advancement into the small intestine. The most common use is to relieve the abdominal distention associated with intestinal obstruction.
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Early jejunal feeding by bedside placement of a nasointestinal tube
significantly improves nutritional status and reduces complications in critically ill patients versus enteral nutrition by a nasogastric tube.
Six days later, the nasointestinal tube
was placed in the distal duodenum through the gastroscopy.
Metheny and colleagues (1986) also found that small-bore nasointestinal tubes
were out of position 27%-50% of the time.