An improved method for transpyloric placement of nasoenteric feeding tubes

Int Surg. 1993 Jan-Mar;78(1):79-82.


Post pyloric placement of small bore feeding tubes can be an elusive goal. Failure to achieve the post pyloric position can result in fatal complications. The following study presents a cost-effective, rapid technique for achieving post pyloric placement of feeding tubes utilizing gastric insufflation and right lateral decubitus positioning. Four study groups were identified. Group I utilized the new technique as first attempt (n = 21). Group 2 utilized the traditional, standard technique of insertion as first attempt (n = 20). Group 3 consisted of Group I failures after which the new technique was utilized (n = 19) Group 4 consisted of Group 3 failures after which the new technique was reattempted. Overall success rate of the new technique was 93%. This was highly significant with p < 0.0001. No significant difference was noted between inserters or type of tube used. The new technique described required no expensive equipment, minimal training and consistently allowed for transpyloric passage of the feeding tube.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Enteral Nutrition*
  • Humans
  • Insufflation
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / economics
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / methods*
  • Posture
  • Prospective Studies
  • Pylorus