G/GJ tubes: Mic-Key low-profile GJ tube

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A low-profile GJ tube is a type of feeding tube. Learn how to care for your child's GJ tube and how to give feeds and medication.

Key points

  • A low-profile GJ tube is a type of feeding tube that provides fluids, nutrition, and medication directly to the small intestine (jejunum). It is different than a surgical J tube, which is also inserted into the small intestine.
  • The feeding extension set should be cleaned between each use. It should be 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, hypergranulation 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: May 22nd 2019