Radiology

Nasojejunal (NJ) Tube

Read this information so you understand the procedure and its risks. Please ask questions about anything you do not understand.

What is a nasojejunal (NJ) tube?

A nasojejunal, or NJ, tube is a small tube that is passed through the nose and guided into the jejunum (small bowel). The tube is used for feeding children who cannot or will not obtain adequate nutrition orally.

How is a nasojejunal tube placed?

After numbing gel is placed on the nose a small tube will be guided down the nose and into the jejunum (small bowel) using fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance. To help visualize the stomach and small bowel, a small amount of contrast (x-ray dye) will be injected through the tube. Once positioned, the tube will be secured to the cheek with adhesive tape.

Is the procedure painful?

There can be some discomfort when the tube is guided down through the nose.Some discomfort can be felt when placing the tube down the nose. Depending on your child's age and medical history sedation may be administered.

What risks are associated with the procedure?

The procedure is considered very low risk but the potential complications include:

If you have additional questions, please call the IR nurse scheduler at 215-590-7000 (press #1 at the first prompt, and press #2 at the second prompt).

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