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Nasogastric and Feeding Tubes

Nasogastric tubes are inserted through the nares and into the stomach. They are used for gastric decompression or feeding. Generally a chest x-ray is not necessary following the placement of a nasogastric tube. Feeding tubes are generally placed into the proximal small bowel, as confirmed by an abdominal film. A chest x-ray may be obtained following the insertion of small-bore feeding tubes to rule out placement within the lung, which may have serious consequences. Also, patients who are status-post esophagectomy should receive a chest x-ray to evaluate the placement of any nasogastric tube.

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