Pneumothorax post malposition of nasogastric tube

Case contributed by Dr Craig Hacking


Acute shortness of breath following NG tube insertion.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Female

The NG tube passes through the right main bronchus and into the right lung and likely the right pleural space. There is an associated right pneumothorax of moderate size. No mediastinal shift evident.

Left PICC tip is projected in the upper SVC. Tracheostomy tube well positioned.

Case Discussion

Good example of one possible consequence of a malpositioned NG tube.

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Case information

rID: 48036
Published: 15th Sep 2016
Last edited: 13th Oct 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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