April 1980

Esophageal Perforations in Premature Infants and Comments on the Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, Calif (Drs Clarke and Coen), the Department of Pediatrics of Southwest Neonatal Center, Las Vegas, Nev (Dr Feldman), and the Department of Pediatrics, the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (Dr Papile).

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(4):367-368. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.04490010025009

• Traumatic perforation of the esophagus follows oropharyngeal suctioning or endotracheal intubation. The diagnosis frequently is made from a routine chest roentgenogram that shows a nasogastric tube in the right pleural space with or Without a pneumothorax. The lesion is seen most often in infants of low birth Weight.

(Am J Dis Child 134:367-368, 1980)