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August 1982

Inadvertent Endobronchial Intubation With Nasogastric Tube: Occurrence After Head and Neck Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Anesthesiology, University Health Center of Pittsburgh, Eye and Ear Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(8):528-529. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790560066021

• Inadvertent endobronchial intubation with nasogastric tubes is hazardous. Massive aspiration can be fatal after nasogastric feeding. In this study, methods of blind nasogastric tube insertion and conventional techniques of confirming the site of the tube are discussed. We stress that direct laryngoscopy either during or immediately after placement or a chest roentgenogram should be considered in the case of nasogastric feeding after major head and neck surgery.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1982;108:528-529)