Transbronchial intubation of the right pleural space: a rare complication of nasogastric intubation with a polyvinylchloride tube--a case study

Heart Lung. 1993 May-Jun;22(3):224-5.


Inappropriate intubation of the tracheobronchial tree by a fine-bore nasogastric tube with a metal stylet is a well-known hazard. We report a pulmonary perforation and hydropneumothorax caused by a polyvinylchloride nasogastric tube without a stylet in a child of 13 months. The position of the tube was checked by auscultation before feeding. It would appear that the auscultatory method is inadequate in checking the correct placement of a nasogastric tube in young children. An ordinary nasogastric tube can cause pulmonary perforation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Auscultation
  • Enteral Nutrition / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Hydropneumothorax / etiology
  • Infant
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / adverse effects*
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / methods
  • Male
  • Pleura / injuries*
  • Polyvinyl Chloride


  • Polyvinyl Chloride