What is Feeding Tube?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: MIC-KEY G-tube Gastrojejunostomy (GJ) Tube Jejunostomy (J) Tube Show all

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See also: PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Feeding tubes are used to support a person's nutritional needs. They may be temporary or needed intermittently during acute illness and in recovery. It may be used long term to provide nutrition and hydration when control over swallowing is impaired due to progressive disease or injury.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 95 32
General health 75 10
Choking on food 50 12
Support weight gain 22 7
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 8 2
Weight loss 7 3

Show all 49 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 7
Mild 15
None 46

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Feeding Tube

Side effect Patients
Pain 3
Abdominal bloating 2
Diarrhea 2
Uncomfortable 2
Acid reflux 1
Bleeding around feeding tube insertion point 1

Show all 17 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Feeding Tube

Dosage Patients
daily 19
twice daily 5
three times daily 4
four times daily 3
as needed 2
five times daily 2

Why patients stopped taking Feeding Tube

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 8
Course of treatment ended 7
Doctor's advice 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Did not seem to work 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 21 patients who’ve stopped using Feeding Tube

Duration

Currently using Feeding Tube

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 6

Stopped using Feeding Tube

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 51
Usually 10
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 21
Not at all hard to take 31
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 6
< $25 18
Not specified 38
Last updated:

16 patient evaluations for Feeding Tube

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Navy Nurse
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Navy Nurse
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I have:
ALS

See Navy Nurse's full Feeding Tube history

Aug 30, 2016 (Started Dec 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for maintain weight)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Has definitely helped maintain my quality of life. (Although I hate to admit it.)

Aug 13, 2011 (Started Dec 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for maintain weight)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Very easy to maintain hydration. No forcing mysef to keep taking sips.

Nov 17, 2010 (Started Dec 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for maintain weight)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Rachael
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Rachael
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: vb
I have:
ALS

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Jul 29, 2012 (Started Sep 25, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Choking on food)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Generalized weakness (asthenia))
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I would be dead without this feeding tube to get my nutrients and drugs inside me. I can no longer eat, chew or swallow effectively. I also get a cool new body piercing!

  • 1 helpful mark
strapples
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strapples
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 25
Condition: Rett Syndrome 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Rett Syndrome

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Feb 20, 2011 (Started Feb 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support weight gain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

Aug 16, 2009 (Started Feb 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support weight gain)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: sometimes get pain at the site.

Jan 12, 2009 (Started Feb 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support weight gain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

Nov 17, 2008 (Started Feb 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support weight gain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: get it if you need it!

  • 0 helpful marks
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