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J Korean Soc Neonatol. November;18(2):387-390.
Published online 2011 November 25   doi: https://doi.org/10.5385/jksn.2011.18.2.387
Copyright ⓒ 2011 The Korean Society of Neonatology Neonatal Medicine
Iatrogenic Esophageal Perforation: An Occurrence from Feeding Tube Placement in a Premature Infant with a Pneumothorax
Yeong Uk Jang, M.D., Woo Jung Jang, M.D., Hye Jung Cho, M.D., Duk Young Choi, M.D., So Yeon Shim, M.D. and Dong Woo Son, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics, Graduate School of Medicine, Gachon University of Medicine and Science, Incheon, Korea
Corresponding Author: Dong Woo Son, M.D. , Tel: +82-1577-2299 , Fax: +82-32-460-3224 , Email: sondw@gilhospital.com
Spontaneous neonatal esophageal perforation (EP) is a rare condition. However, iatrogenic EP due to a feeding tube is not uncommon, particularly in premature infants. Iatrogenic EP can result in serious complications, such as a pneumothorax, and can be fatal. Usually a pneumothorax develops as a result of EP. However, we experienced an EP in a patient with a pneumothorax. The EP occurred after inserting a feeding tube while the patient was suffering from a pneumothorax. Thus care is needed when inserting the feeding tube in a patient with a pneumothorax.
Keywords: Esophageal perforation, Feeding tube, Premature
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