Enteral tube feeding for individuals with cystic fibrosis: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation evidence-informed guidelines

Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, Sarah E. Hempstead, Catherine M. McDonald, Scott W. Powers, Jamie Wooldridge, Shaina Blair, Steven Freedman, Elaine Harrington, Peter J. Murphy, Lena Palmer, Amy E. Schrader, Kyle Shiel, Jillian Sullivan, Melissa Wallentine, Bruce C. Marshall, Amanda Radmer Leonard

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Nutrition is integral to the care of individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF). Better nutritional status is associated with improved pulmonary function. In some individuals with CF, enteral tube feeding can be useful in achieving optimal nutritional status. Current nutrition guidelines do not include detailed recommendations for enteral tube feeding. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation convened an expert panel to develop enteral tube feeding recommendations based on a systematic review of the evidence and expert opinion. These guidelines address when to consider enteral tube feeding, assessment of confounding causes of poor nutrition in CF, preparation of the patient for placement of the enteral feeding tube, management of the tube after placement and education about enteral feeding. These recommendations are intended to guide the CF care team, individuals with CF, and their families through the enteral tube feeding process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)724-735
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Cystic Fibrosis
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Enteral nutrition
  • Feeding tube
  • Gastrostomy
  • Nasojejunal tube

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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