Intracranial nasogastric tube

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The title of the article that these images were taken from says it all: Inadvertent Intracranial Placement of a Nasogastric Tube in a Patient With Severe Craniofacial Trauma


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  • 35 cases of intracranial nasogastric tube insertion have been reported in the international literature.
  • A complex craniofacial fracture is the most common predisposing factor.
  • Complications include hemiparesis, intracranial bleeding, decerebrate posturing, respiratory arrest, suctioning of brain parenchyma, blindness, loss of the sense of smell, meningitis, decreased mental status, and persistent cerebrospinal fluid fistula.
  • Mortality rate of 64%.

[edit] References

Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/02782391


Paloma Rodrigues GenĂș, David Moraes de Oliveira, Ricardo JosĂ© de Holanda Vasconcellos, Ricardo Viana Bessa Nogueira and Belmiro Cavalcanti do Egito Vasconcelos. Inadvertent intracranial placement of a nasogastric tube in a patient with severe craniofacial trauma: A case report. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 2004. 62: 1435-1438.

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