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Arch Dis Child. 1986 February; 61(2): 138–141.
PMCID: PMC1777578

Nasogastric compared with nasoduodenal feeding in low birthweight infants.


One hundred successive infants weighing less than 1500 g at birth were allocated alternately to intermittent nasogastric or continuous nasoduodenal feeding regimens. Eighty were appropriate for gestational age, and of these 25 fed successfully by nasogastric tube and 16 tolerated nasoduodenal feeding until 1600 g. No significant differences in either calorie intake or growth rates were identified throughout the seven weeks of the study. Because of the increased complexity and radiological exposure involved with feeding transpylorically, nasogastric feeding may be preferred as a method of feeding the low birthweight infant.

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