Dobhoff tube

Case contributed by Dr Hani Salam

Patient Data

Age: 70
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 to 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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Case information

rID: 38395
Published: 17th Jul 2015
Last edited: 2nd Sep 2015
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