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Esophageal Perforation and Pneumothorax after Routine Intraoperative Orogastric Tube Placement

Turabi, Ali A. MD*; Urton, Ron J. MD; Anton, Todd M. MD*; Herrmann, Robin CRNA; Kwiatkowski, David CRNA*

A&A Case Reports:
doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000019
Case Reports: Case Report

Orogastric and nasogastric tubes are routinely inserted in anesthetized patients to both reduce the volume of stomach contents and decrease the incidence of postoperative nausea. We present a case of esophageal perforation and subsequent pneumothorax after insertion of an orogastric tube in a patient undergoing routine shoulder arthroscopy.

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From the Department of Anesthesia, *U.S. Army Medical Corps, U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, and U.S. Navy, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany.

Accepted for publication December 23, 2013

Funding: No funding required.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to Ali A. Turabi, MD, U.S. Army Medical Corps, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, CMR 402, Box 1107 APO, AE 09180. Address e-mail to

© 2014 International Anesthesia Research Society

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