Tube Feeding Complications
Tube Feeding Risk Factors
Alternate Names for Tube Feeding:
Possible complications of tube feeding include:
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Abdominal cramping or bloating
- Breakdown of the skin surrounding the feeding tube
- Irritated or infected stoma (the opening made in the abdomen)
- High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
- Higher than normal phosphate levels in the blood
- Nausea and vomiting
- Inhaling the liquid formula into the lungs (aspiration)
- Clogged or dislodged feeding tube
If you have gastroesophageal reflux , you may be at increased risk for vomiting or aspirating.
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.
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