[Gastric foreign body. Rare complication of nasogastric tube placing]

Ann Fr Anesth Reanim. 2006 Jul;25(7):777-9. doi: 10.1016/j.annfar.2006.02.021. Epub 2006 Jun 30.
[Article in French]


The use of an uncuffed endotracheal tube for the placement of nasogastric tubes during surgery is not a procedure free of any risk. We report a rare case of gastric foreign body secondary to this procedure. A 67-year-old patient who had underwent a coronary bypass for a three vessels disease two years before complained of postprandial epigastralgia lasting for a few months. The investigations reported a gastric ulcer associated with a tubular gastric foreign body. The endoscopic extraction found an endotracheal tube. It is a common habit in our institution to use this method when placing this tube through a nostril in order to ease the nasogastric tube insertion when it is difficult.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Endoscopy, Digestive System
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Foreign Bodies / etiology*
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / adverse effects*
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / instrumentation
  • Male
  • Pain / etiology
  • Radiography
  • Stomach Ulcer / etiology
  • Stomach* / diagnostic imaging