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    Iatrogenic bronchopleural fistula caused by feeding tube insertion.

    Authors

    Sheffner SE, Gross BH, Birnberg FA, et al. 

    Source

    J Can Assoc Radiol 1985 Mar; 36(1) :52-5.

    Abstract

    Nutritional supplements administered through flexible small caliber feeding tubes are an increasingly popular substitute for parenteral hyperalimentation. Small and large caliber nasogastric tubes can inadvertently pass into the tracheobronchial tree, even in the presence of an endotracheal tube with an inflated cuff. We report three patients who had small caliber feeding tubes passed through the tracheobronchial tree perforating into the pleural space. Potential complications include immediate or delayed pneumothorax, tension pneumothorax, hydropneumothorax, and empyema. Prompt post-insertion chest radiography is required to verify correct placement of small caliber feeding tubes.

    Mesh

    Aged
    Bronchial Fistula
    Enteral Nutrition
    Equipment Design
    Female
    Fistula
    Humans
    Hydrothorax
    Intubation, Gastrointestinal
    Intubation, Intratracheal
    Middle Aged
    Pleural Diseases
    Pneumothorax

    Language

    eng

    Pub Type(s)

    Case Reports Journal Article

    PubMed ID

    3920221

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