Effect of orogastric tubes on aspiration status and recommendations for oral feeding

Steven B. Leder, Cathy L. Lazarus, Debra M. Suiter, Lynn M. Acton

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Objective. To investigate the effects, if any, of the presence of an orogastric tube on incidence of aspiration and oral diet recommendations. Study Design. Case series with planned data collection. Setting. Large, urban, tertiary care teaching hospital. Subjects and Methods. Referred sample of 10 consecutively enrolled inpatients (2 pediatric, aged 17 days and 3 months, respectively; and 8 adults, mean age 63 years). An orogastric tube was present for the first videofluoroscopic swallowing study or fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing and then removed for the second swallow study. Results. There were no significant differences (P = 1.0) for both overall incidence of aspiration and aspiration by food consistency (liquid or puree) dependent on orogastric tube presence. All 9 participants recommended for an oral diet ate successfully. Conclusions. An orogastric tube did not affect incidence of aspiration. A videofluoroscopic or endoscopic evaluation of swallowing can be performed with an orogastric tube present, and there is no contraindication to keeping an orogastric tube in place to supplement oral alimentation until prandial nutrition is adequate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-375
Number of pages4
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Aspiration
  • Deglutition
  • Deglutition disorders
  • Orogastric tube

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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