Simple Method for Passage of Small-Bore Nasogastric Feeding Catheter

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Abstract

To the editor: Enteral hyperalimentation has been found to be a valuable adjunct in the treatment of various illnesses (1–4). The soft small-bore nasogastric feeding catheter is especially advantageous for long-term use, but its flexibility can make passing the tube into the stomach or proximal intestine difficult, especially in patients with esophageal strictures, neuromuscular causes of esophageal dysphagia, or esophageal dysmotility.

I have devised a method for passage of a small-bore nasogastric enteral feeding catheter that is simple, effective, comfortable for the patient, and does not require use of a gelatin capsule as described by Kaminski (5) or an upper

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