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Inadvertent insertion of a nasogastric tube into the brain: case report and review of the literature.

TitleInadvertent insertion of a nasogastric tube into the brain: case report and review of the literature.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsPsarras, K., Lalountas M. A., Symeonidis N. G., Baltatzis M., Pavlidis E. T., Ballas K., Pavlidis T. E., & Sakantamis A. K.
JournalClin Imaging
Volume36
Issue5
Pagination587-90
Date Published2012 Sep-Oct
ISSN1873-4499
KeywordsAccidents, Traffic, Brain Injuries, Humans, Iatrogenic Disease, Intubation, Gastrointestinal, Male, Middle Aged, Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Abstract

The inadvertent insertion of a nasogastric tube (NGT) into the brain of a trauma patient with skull base fractures is reported. A 52-year-old male with head trauma was referred following a car accident with an NGT in situ. Serosanguineous fluid was withdrawn from the NGT, which was considered to be an indication of gastrointestinal bleeding, and cold saline lavage was performed. Skull X-rays revealed intracranial position and coiling of the NGT and pneumocranium. The NGT was immediately removed manually. The patient finally went through neurosurgical operation because of an extradural hematoma, with normal postoperative course and outcome.

DOI10.1016/j.clinimag.2011.12.020
Alternate JournalClin Imaging
PubMed ID22920367

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