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Discharge Instructions: Your Nasogastric Tube (NG Tube)

You have been discharged with a nasogastric tube, or NG tube. The NG tube was inserted through your nose and into your stomach to provide you with food, fluids, and medicine.    

Outline of human figure showing tube inserted into nose and esophagus and ending in stomach.

Follow-up

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

When to call your doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • A tube that is dislodged from the nose

  • Coughing or trouble breathing

  • Clogged tube

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Vomiting

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38°C)

  • Diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days

Online Medical Reviewer: Bowers, Nancy, RN, BSN, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 3/16/2014
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