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Stomach G-tube. Sticky drainage. Is this normal?

I work with a developmentally disabled non-verbal participant at a day program with a stomach G-tube. On occasion during program hours we note copious amounts of clear sticky drainage coming from this site. This is not gastric content. At times it has occurred within a few days after a new tube has been put in. It seems to not happen as much with a foley type of tubing verses a standard G-tube with a disc bumper attached. I have checked the amount of fluid in the balloon and that has been okay. My question is it normal to see this type of drainage periodically ?
Asked On : Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM.
Yes it is. This shouldnt concern you. These are mixed secretions of gastric and esophageal glands and saliva and its normal. The only important thing is that there is no obstruction, stenosis or infection of g-tube and around it. Also there shouldnt be bloody or pusy discharge. If you notice any of these, please consult surgeon who performed procedure.
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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