G/GJ tubes: Low-profile combination G/GJ tube

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A low-profile combination G/GJ tube provides fluids, nutrition and medications directly into the small intestine. Learn about how to care for a child who has a low-profile combination tube.

Key points

  • A low-profile combination G/GJ tube is a type of feeding tube that provides fluids, nutrition, and medication directly to the small intestine (jejunum). It also gives access to the stomach for venting.
  • A low-profile combination G/GJ tube is different than a surgical J tube, as the combination tube passes through the stomach before entering into the small intestine.
  • It requires two feeding extension sets – one for the jejunum and one for the stomach. The feeding extension sets should be cleaned between each use and replaced as needed.
  • Check the volume of water in the balloon at least once per week.
  • Keep the stoma and surrounding skin clean and dry, and check for signs of infection, irritation, granulation tissue or leakage.
  • Contact the G tube team if the stoma site is infected or leaking, your child has abdominal pain or signs of respiratory distress, or if the tube is damaged.
Last updated: November 21st 2019