How to insert a naso-enteric tube using an ultrathin scope

Rippan N. Shukla, Mark N. Schoeman, Sarah K. Thompson

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Enteral feeding is the delivery of nutrients directly into the stomach or small intestine via a tube. It is indicated in any patient who cannot meet their nutritional requirements by oral intake and who has a functioning and accessible gastrointestinal tract. Most patients who need enteral feeding can be fed with a naso-gastric tube. However, there are patients who cannot tolerate naso-gastric feeding, who do not have a stomach and who have gastric outlet obstruction. In these patients, a naso-enteric tube (NET) is appropriate. In this study, we describe our optimal technique for insertion of an NET using an ultrathin scope. Although not a technically challenging procedure, we have refined our technique over the past two decades to achieve a 100% success rate with placement of a NET in the small intestine without radiological guidance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1613-1614
Number of pages2
JournalANZ Journal of Surgery
Issue number7-8
Early online date12 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • naso-enteric tube
  • ultrathin scope
  • Enteral feeding
  • nutritional requirements
  • oral intake
  • gastrointestinal tract


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