An unusual complication of passing a narrow bore nasogastric tube

Anaesthesia. 1978 Sep;33(8):716-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.1978.tb08467.x.


A care of oesophageal perforation and aspiration of a pleural effusion by a narrow bore nasogastric tube is reported. The presence of cardiac enlargement was thought to be a precipitating cause. It is suggested that insufflation of air with auscultation over the epigastrium and aspiration of narrow bore tubes, as well as chest X-ray, should be carried out routinely to establish the position of such tubes prior to commencing feeding.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Esophageal Perforation / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / adverse effects*
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / instrumentation
  • Pleural Effusion / etiology