Malplaced NG tube

Case contributed by Jeremy Jones


Stroke requiring NG tube feeding. Subsequent shortness of breath, pyrexia and signs of infection.


Malpositioned NG tube down the right main bronchus.


Right basal airspace opacification at the site of the malpositioned NG tube.

Case Discussion

The initial radiograph confirms the location of the NG tube in the right lower lobe.  Despite not being used, 3 days later, pyrexia, signs of infection and clinical deterioration occurs.

Repeat radiograph demonstrates acute unilateral airspace opacification consistent with infection.

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