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October 1980

An Improved Technique for Needle Catheter Jejunostomy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Montefiore-North Central Bronx Affiliation, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(10):1235-1237. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380100077019

• A modification of the needle catheter jejunostomy technique employs a No. 11 needle and a 13-gauge catheter. Because it utilizes a larger tube, the new technique requires a subserosal saline injection and a small stab serosal incision. The large-needle catheter jejunostomy allows the administration of viscous whole liquid feedings as well as elemental diets. In addition, the larger catheter offers an opportunity to vary the constituents of the infusion solution to specific patient needs, thereby broadening the uses of jejunal catheter feeding.

(Arch Surg 115:1235-1237, 1980)