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Fatal hydrothorax due to misplacement of a nasoenteric feeding tube.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11725832     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
B Yavaşcaoğlu; H Acar; R Işçimen; A Gurbet; H Uysal; O Kutlay
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of international medical research     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0300-0605     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Int. Med. Res.     Publication Date:    2001 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-11-29     Completed Date:  2002-12-13     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0346411     Medline TA:  J Int Med Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  437-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesiology, Uludağ University Medical School, Bursa, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Enteral Nutrition / adverse effects*,  instrumentation
Equipment Failure
Fatal Outcome
Heart Arrest / etiology
Hydrothorax / etiology*

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