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.
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.
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