Dobhoff (nasogastric tube) tube

Case contributed by Hani Makky Al Salam

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male

Dobhoff tube seen in position.

Case Discussion

Dobhoff tube is a special type of nasogastric tube (NGT), which is a small-bore and flexible so it is more comfortable for the patient than the usual NGT. The tube is inserted by the use of a guide wire called the stylet (see image1), which removed after the tube correct placement is confirmed. 

The Dobhoff tube was introduced in the mid-1970s by surgeons Robert Dobbie and Jim Hoffmeister. It was the first small-bore feeding tube to be used successfully in hospitals. 

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