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A case report of esophageal perforation: Complication of nasogastric tube placement

Unusual clinical course, Challenging differential diagnosis, Diagnostic / therapeutic accidents, Management of emergency care

Arda Isik, Deniz Firat, Kemal Peker, Ilyas Sayar, Oguz Idiz, Mehmet Soytürk

Turkey Department of General Surgery, Erzincan University, Erzincan, Turkey

Am J Case Rep 2014; 15:168-171

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.890260

Available online: 2014-04-26

Published: 2014-04-26


Abstract: Background: Esophageal perforation is a well-defined and severe clinical condition. There are several etiologies of esophagus perforation.
Case Report: We report the case of a 70-year-old Caucasian man who underwent an emergency cholecystectomy due to acute cholecystitis. Two days after surgery, his condition deteriorated. Thorax computerized tomography revealed an esophageal perforation.
Conclusions: Esophageal perforation due to nasogastric application is relatively rare but the consequences are potentially serious. The anatomy of the upper gastrointestinal system should be understood by all healthcare professionals involved in the treatment.

Keywords: Intubation, Gastrointestinal - adverse effects, Esophageal Perforation - surgery, Emergency Service, Hospital