Pneumothorax Complicating Enteral Feeding Tube Placement

Keith R. Olbrantz, David Gelfand, Robert Choplin, Wallace C. wu

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Two cases are presented of pneumothorax complicating enteral feeding tube insertion. A previous report describing three similar cases is noted. Neurologically impaired patients appear to be particularly at risk for this complication, which may be encouraged by use of a guidewire during tube insertion. It is suggested that enteral feeding tubes in neurologically impaired patients be inserted under fluoroscopic guidance using a tube specifically designed for this purpose. (Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 9:210-211, 1985).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-211
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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