Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 98:F78-F80 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2011-301158
  • Short research reports

Improved radiological assessment of neonatal feeding tubes

  1. Romaine Arlettaz Mieth1
  1. 1Division of Neonatology, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
  2. 2Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Children's Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Daniel Quandt, Division of Neonatology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University Hospital Zurich, Frauenklinikstrasse 10, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland; daniel.quandt{at}
  1. Contributors Herewith, we state that all listed authors substantially contributed to the conception and design, the analysis and interpretation of the presented data. They furthermore contributed to drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content. All authors gave their final approval of the version to be published.

  • Received 24 October 2011
  • Accepted 9 January 2012
  • Published Online First 6 February 2012


Background In about one-fifth of radiographs performed in neonates, no exact gastric feeding tube position can be defined.

Objectives To determine whether injection of air via feeding tube before taking radiographs improves radiological assessment of its position.

Methods In the study group (n=153), air was injected via gastric feeding tube before taking a radiograph. The tube position on radiographs was compared with a blinded control group (n=381) with no injection of air.

Results The definition of exact gastric tube position was possible in 95% of the study group compared with 78% in the control group (p<0.001).

Conclusion Injection of air before taking a radiograph significantly improves the definition of exact gastric feeding tube position in neonates.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval Ethical Commission of the Children's Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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