Nasogastric tube in distal oesophagus

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Inpatient - X-ray to check nasogastric tube position.

Patient Data

Age: 56
Gender: Male

Chest X-ray

X-ray showing a nasogastric tube looped into the stomach and with its extremity located in the distal oesophagus. there is also a diffuse gastric distension by gas. 

Nasogastric tube has looped into the stomach and its tip is located in the distal oesophagus.

Case Discussion

Repositioning of the nasogastric tube is required before it is ready for use. 

Assessment of nasogastric (NG) tube positioning is a key competency of all doctors as unidentified malpositioning may have dire consequences, including death.

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Case information

rID: 39230
Published: 26th Aug 2015
Last edited: 6th Oct 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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