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Nasogastric Tube

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about a nasogastric (NG) tube?

An NG tube is a long, thin, flexible tube inserted through your nose and down into your stomach or small intestine. The size of your NG tube will depend on why you need it. Larger NG tubes are used to remove air or fluid from your stomach. Smaller tubes are used to give you liquid food or medicines. Your tube will be removed by your healthcare provider when it is no longer needed.

What will happen during the procedure?

What should I expect after the procedure?

What are the risks of an NG tube?

You may develop a dry mouth or a nose infection. The NG tube may enter the wrong place, such as the lungs, and cause breathing problems. The tube placement may cause bleeding, an infection, or an injury. The tube may move out of place.

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