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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.    

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as directed.

When to call your provider

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

  • A tube that is dislodged from the nose

  • Coughing or trouble breathing

  • Clogged tube

  • A tube that is breaking down or cracked

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Vomiting

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38°C)

  • Diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days

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