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Trauma Image and Procedure 2018;3(2): 50-52.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.24184/tip.2018.3.2.50    Published online November 30, 2018.
A Penetrating Lung Injury by a Feeding Tube
Seok Won Lee1, Dong Hun Kim1, Ye Rim Chang1, Jeongseok Yun1, Seokho Choi1, Sung Wook Chang2, Jung-Ho Yun3
1Department of Trauma Surgery, Trauma Center, Dankook University Hospital, Cheonan, Republic of Korea
2Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Trauma Center, Dankook University Hospital, Cheonan, Republic of Korea
3Department of Neurosurgery, Trauma Center, Dankook University Hospital, Cheonan, Republic of Korea
Correspondence  Dong Hun Kim ,Tel: 82-41-550-7661, Fax: 82-41-550-0039, Email: saint7331@gmail.com
Submitted: September 19, 2018  Accepted after revision: October 19, 2018
Abstract
Negligent perforation in the tracheobronchial tree during feeding tube insertion is not uncommon in the elderly, neurologically impaired, and seriously ill patients. Risk factors for feeding tube misplacement include altered mental status, sedation, critical illness, intubation, absent cough reflex, difficult or repeat tube placement, noncompliant behavior, and anatomic abnormalities. Here, we report a case of iatrogenic lung injury due to a displaced 12-Fr feeding tube in a 68-year-old male with traumatic brain and cervical cord injuries.
Keywords: Gastric Feeding Tube; Displacement; Central Nervous System; Trauma


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