Malpositioned nasogastric tube
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Newman C, Malpositioned nasogastric tube. Case study, Radiopaedia.org (Accessed on 07 Jun 2023) https://doi.org/10.53347/rID-98238
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19 Mar 2022
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Check nasogastric tube position for feeding.
Age: 70 years
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The nasogastric tube is malpositioned. It initially courses into the left main bronchus where it kinks and turns back on itself and then subsequently enters the right main bronchus.
A left-sided PICC line is noted, which is appropriately positioned.
It is relatively common for nasogastric tubes to be malpositioned, however this case demonstrates a very unusual occurrence of the tube entering first the left, and then the right main bronchus.
The tube was required for feeding purposes and the clinical unit was notified to remove and re-insert it before initiating feeds.