J Korean Soc Neonatol.  2011 Nov;18(2):387-390. 10.5385/jksn.2011.18.2.387.

Iatrogenic Esophageal Perforation: An Occurrence from Feeding Tube Placement in a Premature Infant with a Pneumothorax

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Graduate School of Medicine, Gachon University of Medicine and Science, Incheon, Korea. sondw@gilhospital.com

Abstract

Spontaneous neonatal esophageal perforation (EP) is a rare condition. However, iatrogenic EP due to a feeding tube is not uncommon, particularly in premature infants. Iatrogenic EP can result in serious complications, such as a pneumothorax, and can be fatal. Usually a pneumothorax develops as a result of EP. However, we experienced an EP in a patient with a pneumothorax. The EP occurred after inserting a feeding tube while the patient was suffering from a pneumothorax. Thus care is needed when inserting the feeding tube in a patient with a pneumothorax.

Keyword

Esophageal perforation; Feeding tube; Prema

MeSH Terms

Complex Mixtures
Esophageal Perforation
Humans
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Pneumothorax
Stress, Psychological
Complex Mixtures
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