Pneumothorax Following Feeding Tube Placement: Precaution and Treatment

  • Bardia Amirlak Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas, South Western Medical Center, Texas, USA.
  • Iradj Amirlak Department of Pediatrics, NMC Specialty Hospital, Al Ain UAE.
  • Ziad Awad Department of Surgery, University of Florida, USA.
  • Morteza Zahmatkesh Department of Emergency, NMC Specialty Hospital, Al Ain UAE.
  • Irakilis Pipinos Department of Surgery, Creighton University, Nebraska, USA.
  • Armour Forse Department of Surgery, Creighton University, Nebraska, USA.
Keywords:
Enteral feeding, Pneumothorax, Intubation, Nasogastric

Abstract

Nasojejunal feeding tubes are being used at an increased frequency, but it is not without complications that could be life-threatening. We report two cases of pneumothorax following small-bore feeding tube insertion into the pleural cavity, resulting in pneumothorax. We further discuss the potential measures that can be taken to prevent and treat this serious complication.

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Amirlak B, Amirlak I, Awad Z, Zahmatkesh M, Pipinos I, Forse A. Pneumothorax Following Feeding Tube Placement: Precaution and Treatment. Acta Med Iran. 50(5):355-358.
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