Pneumothorax following feeding tube placement: Precaution and treatment

Bardia Amirlak, Iradj Amirlak, Ziad Awad, Morteza Zahmatkesh, Irakilis Pipinos, Armour Forse

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Nasojejunal feeding tubes are being used at an increased frequency, but it is not without complications that could be life-threatening. We report two cases of pneumothorax following small-bore feeding tube insertion into the pleural cavity, resulting in pneumothorax. We further discuss the potential measures that can be taken to prevent and treat this serious complication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-358
Number of pages4
JournalActa Medica Iranica
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Enteral feeding
  • Intubation
  • Nasogastric
  • Pneumothorax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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