Nasogastric tube in bronchus

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Patient recovering from multi-trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female

The NGT has been advanced down the left main bronchus with the tip in the left lower lobe bronchus (position corrected on subsequent imaging). Right-sided PICC remains in position. Bilateral lower to mid zone air space opacities. No large pleural effusions. 

Case Discussion

As anyone who has inserted nasogastric tubes will tell you, it can be tricky to know where it has gone. Clearly administering medications or liquid food before checking would be a very bad idea. 

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Case information

rID: 32358
Published: 12th Dec 2014
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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