Fatal hydrothorax due to misplacement of a nasoenteric feeding tube


Yavascaoglu B., Acar H., Iscimen R., Gurbet A., Uysal H., Kutlay O.

JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH, vol.29, no.5, pp.437-440, 2001 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/147323000102900509
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.437-440

Abstract

Blind nasoenteric intubation was attempted in a patient with chronic parkinsonism. The tube was inadvertently misplaced and penetrated the left pleural cavity. The next day, the patient developed cardiopulmonary arrest during dietary supplement infusion. This complication ultimately led to the patient's death. We have reviewed the known complications of nasoenteric tube placement and conclude that difficult insertion in patients at risk from tube misplacement should be followed by chest radiography to confirm the correct placement of the tube before nutritional support is started.