Inadvertent Transbronchial Insertion of Narrow-Bore Feeding Tubes Into the Pleural Space


Journal Article

Four patients had soft, narrow-bore feeding tubes passed transbronchially into the pleural space. Guide wires were used to aid passage and may have contributed to this complication. The errant positioning of the tube was first noted roentgenographically in each case. Alternate methods of inserting such tubes in patients with altered airway and swallowing reflexes may be needed. Radiographic confirmation of the tube's position is essential before starting tube feedings. © 1984 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hand, RW; Kempster, M; Levy, JH; Rogol, PR; Spirn, P

Published Date

  • May 11, 1984

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 251 / 18

Start / End Page

  • 2396 - 2397

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-3598

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0098-7484

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/jama.1984.03340420062028

Citation Source

  • Scopus